It was 45 years ago today — May 25th, 1978 — that the Who took the stage for the final time with drummer Keith Moon. The band had grouped at their Shepperton Film Studios to shoot the climactic live finale for their official career-spanning documentary, The Kids Are Alright.
The band's eight studio album, Who Are You, was released on August 18th, 1978 — with Keith Moon dying the following September 7th due to an accidental overdose of Heminevrin, a medication prescribed to help alleviate alcohol withdrawals, mixed with alcohol.
The Kids Are Alright director Jeff Stein had filmed the band performing a 15-song set back on December 15th, 1977 at the Gaumont State Theatre in Kilburn, London to less than-satisfactory results, with the sorely under-rehearsed Who performing a brilliant — yet ramshackle — show for Who die-hards. The May 25th film shoot at Shepperton featured the band tearing through 10 songs — including two takes of John Entwistle's Who's Next standout, “My Wife” and a pair of run-throughs of “Won't Get Fooled Again.”