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The Who's Roger Daltrey Says He Regrets Not Being Able to Save Keith Moon

Image courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who (via ABC News Radio)

The Who 's Roger Daltrey admits that one of his greatest regrets is that he was unable to help the band's late drummer, Keith Moon , from self-destructing at such an early age.  In an episode of a new AXS TV show called The Big Interview that premieres today, the famed frontman tells veteran newsman Dan Rather , "I wish I'd managed to keep Keith alive a bit longer."

Daltrey adds that he wishes he and his band mates had known then about the rehab and intervention techniques that are available today, while admitting that they still may have not been able to save Moon, who died at age 32 in September 1978 from an overdose of medication prescribed to curb his abuse of alcohol.

"There's something in the back of my head that tells me Keith would never have made an old man," says Roger.  "He wouldn't have wanted to be an old man.  He wanted to be the world's greatest rock drummer, and he died being that."

Daltrey also points out that, despite Keith's young age, "the way he physically was going, it was doubtful that he would've died being [the greatest drummer] for very much longer."

In addition, Daltrey discusses The Who's innovative music, his turbulent relationship with the band's guitarist and songwriting mastermind Pete Townshend and his charitable work with the Teen Cancer America organization.

About his famous band, Roger enthuses, "We were inventing [rock 'n' roll] as we went along.  When you first hear those early Who records, where did it come from?" 

He also praises Townshend's guitar style, which he says was "so different from anything else that was out there."

The Big Interview episode featuring Daltrey will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Encore screenings are scheduled for tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Tuesday morning at 3 a.m. ET, Thursday morning at 3 a.m. ET and Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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