The Who: Keith Moon's 22-inch Premier Ever Play drumhead, featuring 'The Who' logo from his famous Pictures of Lily drumkit, 1967,

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Lot 55
The Who: Keith Moon's 22-inch Premier Ever Play drumhead, featuring 'The Who' logo from his famous Pictures of Lily drumkit,
1967,

Sold for £ 37,562 (US$ 50,028) inc. premium
Rock & Pop
The Who: Keith Moon's 22-inch Premier Ever Play drumhead, featuring 'The Who' logo from his famous Pictures of Lily drumkit,
1967,
the 22-inch bass drumhead used by Moon during their concert at the Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, on the 31st August 1967; the drumhead with the distinctive 'The Who' logo in orange, emanating from Keith Moon's miniature portrait adorned by two cherubs, obtained by the vendor following the performance and has since been in his possession, or on loan at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, accompanied by a letter and supporting photographs concerning the provenance,

Footnotes

  • Keith Moon's iconic 'Lily' kit design was based on images of Victorian actress Lillie Langtry and was Moon's own concept. He designed it with British drum manufacturers Premier, and its unveiling somewhat blew the minds of his fellow drumming community! It took six months for the kit to come to fruition and was first used in July 1967 at Malibu Beach and Shore Club, Lido Beach, New York. The kit comprised two 22in × 14in bass drums, three 16in floor toms (two 16in × 18in; one 16in × 16in), three 14in × 8in mounted toms and a 14in × 5½in snare drum.

    Provenance:
    The drumhead in this lot was used during The Who's first North American tour where they supported Herman's Hermits at their concert in Cleveland, Ohio. Herman's Hermits was preceded that evening by the popular local rock group The Choir, for which the vendor of this lot, Walt Tiburski, who was at the time a Kent State University college student, as well as their Manager. Whilst Tiburski stood near the curtain stage-left and watched The Who's smashing performance, the road manager of The Who informed him that Keith Moon would soon go beyond tossing out only his drumsticks, but would also upend his entire drum kit. The Who's manager asked Tiburski if he could kindly go and retrieve the kit immediately after it was thrown, to which Tiburski agreed. Included with this lot (on request) are images of the vendor at the side of the stage when the band were playing, as well as in the audience when he was sent in to retrieve the kit after Moon threw it with gusto into the unsuspecting crowd.

    After the show Moon thanked Tiburski and offered him some money for helping them out. Tiburski declined an offer of any money saying that a memento of the evening would be good enough, at which point Moon personally handed him his drumsticks and two of The Who logo drumheads. Not only this, but the band's manager also handed him Daltrey's broken tambourine, all of which Tiburski gladly accepted.

    Walt Tiburski has been in the radio industry for over 40 years. He has managed and owned dozens of radio stations some of which continue to this day, including the most notable 'The Buzzard' from Cleeveland, Ohio - which was voted Rolling Stone Magazine's 'Rock Station of the Year' five years in a row. Tiburski's radio stations have also partnered with the internationally known concert promoters, Belkin Productions, and have co-presented hundreds of major concerts over the decades by The Who. Unsurprisingly, he has been photographed with the band on numerous occasions.

    Tiburski is also a Lifetime, Non-Performer, Inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

    This drumhead, Keith Moon's drumsticks in Lot 56 and Roger Daltrey's broken tambourine in Lot 57 have been on permanent loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum from 1994 to 2019.
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The Who: Keith Moon's 22-inch Premier Ever Play drumhead, featuring 'The Who' logo from his famous Pictures of Lily drumkit, 1967,
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