The Who’s Roger Daltrey confirms that Keith Moon was invited to Olympics 2012 opening ceremony

'It could only happen in Britain,' jokes rocker about mix-up

The Who‘s Roger Daltrey has confirmed that organisers of the London 2012 Olympics asked whether drummer Keith Moon – who died in 1978 – would be able to take part in this summer’s celebrations.

In an interview on US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week, the frontman joked that the band’s management had responded to the invitation by suggesting they try contacting the deceased rocker themselves by holding a séance.

He joked: “It could only happen in Britain. We are so organised. We got a letter – well, an email – requesting could Keith Moon attend the opening ceremony.”

He then added:

Our manager sent an email back saying, ‘Well actually he currently resides at Golders Green Crematorium, where he’s been for the last 34 years. But maybe if you got a round table, some candles and some glasses, you might be able to get him back [through a séance]’.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics will play a huge show in London’s Hyde Park this summer to mark the start of the Olympics on July 27. While this show will act as an accompaniment to the opening ceremony, Blur will headline a show in Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the games. They will be joined by New Order and The Specials on August 12 for the gig.

In March of this year, meanwhile, Daltrey revealed that he and Paul Weller were planning a future collaboration. The singer was speaking to NME in a video interview which you can watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.