Keith's "Pictures Of Lily" Drum Kit
Circa early 1967
The Who performing at the Saville Theatre, London on October 22, 1967.
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Photo by: Ronnie Thorpe
These two photos were taken at the Singer Bowl in Flushing New York on August 2, 1968. The back view of the Pictures of Lily kit gives a real backstage perspective and it's a great shot of the kit.
This photo shows the 16 X 16 floor tom in use. This picture was taken on the 1967 US tour with Herman's Hermits at an unknown venue.
SHOWN BELOW ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE ITEMS IN MY COLLECTION.
These are two floor toms from Keith's most famous drum kit, the " Pictures of Lily" kit. The one on the left is a 16 X 18 tom as shown so clearly in the above photo. The other is a 16 X 16 floor tom. This kit was custom made for Keith by Premier Drums in England and was delivered to him around the beginning of 1967. As shown above there were basically 1 and a half kits produced in order to provide some spares.
These photos are of the 16 X 16 tom.
These photos are of the 16 X 18 tom.
These photos are of the 14 X 8 Tom Tom
This is a bass drum skin from the " Pictures of Lily " kit. It can clearly be seen on the far left bass drum in the photo taken at the Saville Theatre above.
Previously, the 16 X 16 floor tom was displayed at the "Rock Walk" museum at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. Also shown in the photo is Keith's gold Premier kit that he played in the film "Tommy". This kit was also played on stage.
The floor tom is currently on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio from April of 1998 to the present.
This is Keith Moon's gold record for "Tommy". This was the first Who album to go "gold", meaning that it had sold more than one million dollars worth of albums at the wholesale level. This album was released in May of 1969 and achieved gold status on August 18,1969. The plaque reads: Presented To Keith Moon to Commemorate The Sale Of More Than One Million Dollars Worth Of The Decca Records Long-Playing Record Album "Tommy"
This is Keith Moon's gold record for "Who's Next". "Who's Next" was released in August of 1971 and went gold on September 16, 1971.Pictured on the right is a series of photos of the presentation "ceremony" for Who's Next and Live at Leeds. The plaque reads: Presented To Keith Moon To Commemorate The Sale Of More Than One Million Dollars Worth Of The Decca Long-Playing Record Album "Who's Next"
This is Keith Moon's gold record for "Quadrophenia". "Quadrophenia" was released in October of 1973 and went gold on October 29, 1973. The plaque reads: Presented to Keith Moon To Commemorate The Sale Of More Than One Million Dollars Worth Of The Decca Records Long-Playing Record Album "Quadrophenia"
Pictured on the left is one of Keith's original jumpsuit stage outfits from the 70's. On the right is a 1970's personality poster showing him wearing a similar jumpsuit.
The following three items were recently sold at auction by Keith's one time personal assistant, "Dougal" Butler. Mr. Butler stated that Keith's father had come by and given Keith his bugle at some point and after Keith's death he had ended up with it.
This bugle was Keith Moon's first musical instrument. At the age of 12 Keith joined the local Sea Cadet Corps and chose the bugle. Apparently it didn't take and shortly after he was "promoted" to the drums.
This handwritten letter from Keith to Dave was written on Holiday Inn of Memphis, Tn. notepaper. Apparently Dave was in the accounting department in England. It reads:
I understand that while I'm over here in the land of plenty Kim and my family haven't got it quite so good. Would you please speak to Peter Moore about the balance (if any) from the 10,000 loan. If not at least send 150 Pounds to Kim's account. I'll pay you back in Dollars on my return.
Keith Moon TA!
This drawing of Keith Moon was drawn in pencil by John Entwistle whilst in a Board meeting at the Churchill Hotel in the mid 70's. According to Dougal, the title of the drawing "The Seat Perilous" was a reference to Keith's physical condition at the time as perhaps he was a bit inebriated.