October 21, 1976 marked the final date on the fifth leg of The Who By Numbers Tour. What nobody in the band (or the sold out crowd at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens) knew was that it would also be drummer Keith Moon's final, full-length, concert.
This would not be the last time Moon ever played with The Who. They did have a couple of informal appearances in Kilburn, England (Dec. 1977) which were filmed for use in The Kids Are Alright documentary. However, they hadn't played a full show in almost 14 months and it showed. The footage didn't even get used. They regrouped, began work on a new album in early 1978 and tried again to get performance footage for the The Kids....It was these sessions, on a sound stage at Shepperton Studios that wound up in the film and proved to be Moon's last time playing with the Band. Less than a month after the release of their most successful album to date, Who Are You, Keith died of a drug overdose on September 7, 1978.
Below is some audio from his fateful, final Concert appearance in Canada with a very, early, "work-in-progress" version of "Who Are You". It sounds mostly improvised.
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