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London Olympics Want Keith Moon to Play the Closing Ceremony

A wall plaque unveiled by British singer Roger Daltrey (unseen) is pictured  high on the wall at 90 Wardour Street in London on March 8, 2009, in honour of the late Keith Moon, drummer for the rock band 'The Who', who died in 1978.  AFP PHOTO/MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)

Organizers of the upcoming summer Olympics in London are living down a rather embarrassing moment after they requested that Who drummer Keith Moon, who died 34 years ago from an accidental prescription drug overdose, play at the closing ceremony. Speaking to the Sunday Times, the Who's longtime manager said, "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old.'" Organizers wanted Moon for the Symphony of Rock, an ode to British pop culture that is slated for the Games' August 12 grand finale.

Photo: MAX NASH/2009 AFP