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Keith Moon Iggy Pop Birthday Party 1974 Beverly Hills.

Keith Moon Iggy Pop Birthday Party 1974 Beverly Hills.

“Moon the Loon”

Let’s check out Keith Moon. This is a bumpy, thrill-filled ride. It seems no rocker was crazier than Moonie

Live fast and die young. Hasn’t that been the mantra of many rock stars? Or, as the Who themselves put it, “Hope I die before I get old.”

The lifestyle of Keith Moon, the wild drummer of the Who, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, certainly exemplifies this party-hardy lifestyle. If any rocker has partied harder than Keith Moon, who would it be?

One of the reasons the Who surged to prominence in the middle 1960s was because Keith Moon played the drums like a man possessed by a demon. He hit the drums so hard it appeared he was trying to destroy them – as he played them. And if that wasn’t apparent, after many concerts he would kick his kit about the stage and sometimes fling it into the audience, the consequences of such recklessness be damned.

Keith Moon, commonly known to many as Moon the Loon, was also quite the joker, clown and prankster too, though his sense of humour often rubbed folks the wrong way. For instance, Moon would dress up as a Nazi officer – accentuated by a tiny Hitlerian moustache – and then drive through a Jewish neighbourhood, throwing in a “Sieg heil!” or two along the way. And his penchant for destroying hotel rooms became legendary, even among rockers who found this ritual de rigueur.

Likewise, Moon’s partying became monstrous in scope. He even put Jim Morrison to shame. Both would gobble pharmaceuticals by the handfuls, without even knowing for sure what the heck they were. Of course, this heedless self-indulgence came at a price for these rock superstars. Both died young, Moon at the young age of 32, though he probably looked ten years older at the time of his demise in 1978.

Moon was not only (as he loved to boast) “the world’s greatest Keith Moon-type drummer,” he was also the greatest prankster in the history of rock & roll. The man they called “Moon the Loon,” who died in 1978 from a Heminevrin overdose at the age of 32, played practical jokes the same way he played the drums – with manic intensity, flamboyant flourishes and zero concern for potential collateral damage.

While Moon’s reputation for destroying hotel rooms was certainly well earned, he was also fond of pranks that required considerable planning, forethought and creativity. Here, then, are some memorable Keith Moon pranks that went well beyond the usual “TV into the swimming pool” brand of rock star barbarism.

The Who’s powerful early live shows were generally climaxed with Pete Townshend smashing his guitars, Moon upending his drum kit and plenty of smoke bombs going off. But when the band made its American TV debut on the September 17th, 1967, episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Moon decided to ratchet things up even further. While the band’s performance of “My Generation” was mostly mimed, the smash-up finale was unforgettably real, thanks to Moon loading his drums with considerably more flash powder than he’d ever used before. The resulting explosion nearly blew the Who themselves off the stage, briefly blinded the TV cameras, and caused actress Bette Davis – who was booked as a guest on the same program – to faint dead away in the wings.

During the Who’s U.K. tour in late 1967, Moon relished tormenting the Herd, their opening band. Though Herd guitarist Peter Frampton somehow managed to avoid becoming a target of Moon’s japery, keyboardist Andy Bown once found his instrument wired with firecrackers, which Moon detonated electronically from backstage during the band’s set. Moon and Who bassist John Entwistle also rigged up a wire-and-pulley system to the gong used by Herd drummer Andrew Steele; each time the hapless drummer would attempt to bang the going during the show, it would mysteriously move just out of his reach.

One of Moon’s favourite recurring pranks was to disrupt small British villages by blaring bogus public service announcements from a passing car. Though he occasionally used a police bullhorn for these occasions, he also had his own cars rigged up with hidden amplifiers and speakers, which allowed him to keep his windows rolled up while scaring the locals with bulletins about such nonexistent dangers as impending tidal waves or advancing throngs of poisonous snakes, or ruffling their feathers by informing them that the British government would soon be relocating the country’s entire immigrant population to their neck of the woods.

In the fall of 1969, Moon teamed up with “Legs” Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band to pull a twisted practical joke on the venerable British retailer Marks and Spencer. First, Smith entered the store’s trouser department and asked to be shown their most durable work trousers; then, having examined the pair, Smith expressed concern that they might not be strong enough for his purposes – whereupon Moon entered the shop and cheerily offered to help him test them. Each taking a leg, the two men proceeded to completely tear the trousers in half, causing the freaked-out staff to call for the store detective. Then, right as Smith and Moon were about to be led away by the authorities, their limo driver appeared on the scene. “Are those one-legged trousers?” he asked. “They’re just what I’ve been looking for!” (“He paid for the trousers, and everyone calmed down,” Smith later told Moon biographer Tony Fletcher. “And we asked for each leg to be wrapped separately!”)

Moon’s sense of humour had a tendency to push the boundaries of taste – and there was no more cringe-inducing example of this than the time in 1970 that he and former Bonzos frontman Viv Stanshall dressed up as Nazi officers for a record company photo shoot, and then went out drinking while still wearing the uniforms. The two men found the reaction to their public goose-stepping so satisfyingly negative – Moon and Stanshall were even physically evicted from one German Bierkeller – that they decided to remain in uniform (and in character) for the better part of the week, even hiring an open-top Mercedes for an ill-advised trip to the heavily Jewish London neighborhood of Golders Green.

Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English musician, best known for being the drummer ...

Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English musician, best known for being the drummer …

Keith Moon, the King of the Hellraisers, legendary drummer for The Who and a hotel owner's nightmare guest. ... Keith Moon, Ronnie Lane and Vivian Stanshall ...

Keith Moon, the King of the Hellraisers, legendary drummer for The Who and a hotel owner’s nightmare guest. … Keith Moon, Ronnie Lane and Vivian Stanshall …

Keith Moon, R.I.P.: Remembering the Who Drummer's Great Rock & Roll.

Keith Moon, R.I.P.: Remembering the Who Drummer’s Great Rock & Roll.

Keith Moon destroyed so many hotel rooms that the incidents tend to blend together into one big ball of devastation. One incident that particularly stands out, however, occurred on the afternoon of August 25th, 1972, when the Who were staying at a luxurious hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Moon, fascinated by the waterbed in his suite, attempted to enlist Pete Townshend to help him lug its water-filled mattress into the elevator, whereupon they would send it down to the lobby; unfortunately, it burst before they could extricate it from its frame, unleashing foot-high waves out into the hallway. It looked like the Who were about to be on the hook for tens of thousands in damages, but Moon (realizing that the best defense was a good offense) quickly rang the manager, told him that the bed had burst and destroyed all of his expensive stage clothes, and huffily asked what he planned to do about it. So good was Moon’s act that the manager not only apologized, but also moved him to the hotel’s antiques-filled Presidential Suite – which the Who, true to form, would completely demolish later that night.

The Paris stop of the Who’s ’72 European tour saw Moon’s hotel room get demolished, as well – though for once he actually wasn’t the culprit. While the band were staying at the plush George V hotel, the drummer drunkenly invaded John “The Ox” Entwistle’s room just as the bassist was sitting down with his wife to a lovely French repast. Oblivious to his intrusion, Moon ate some of Entwistle’s steak, poured a bottle of vintage Bordeaux out onto the carpet and pissed against the wall of Entwistle’s room before finally passing out. This was too much even for the typically unflappable Entwistle, who responded by trashing every last piece of furniture in Moon’s room, depositing his unconscious bandmate amid the rubble, and storming off. Moon awoke the next morning with no memory of the previous evening; but the carnage around him was so convincingly Moon-esque, he went to his grave believing he’d been the one who destroyed the room.

Moon and Oliver Reed became fast friends during the filming of Tommy; though Reed already had the reputation of being something of a hell-raiser, the British actor would later tell Moon biographer Tony Fletcher that “Keith showed me the way to insanity.” In 1975, Reed was walking the red carpet at a Hollywood film premiere when he was suddenly hit in the face by a lemon curd pie; as he wiped the mess from his eyes, the actor was approached by a stranger who handed him a card and an envelope. “Pie in the Face International,” read the card. “You have been selected by Mr. Keith Moon to become a member.” In the envelope was a certificate that read, “You are a member, sponsored by Keith Moon.”

03 Feb 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA --- Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and Keith Moon of The Who, backstage at the 1977 American Music Awards. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

03 Feb 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA — Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and Keith Moon of The Who, backstage at the 1977 American Music Awards. — Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon.

Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon.

Not all of Moon’s pranks were destructive, offensive or at someone else’s expense. During the filming of Stardust, a 1974 rock flick in which Moon had a small part, the generous-to-a-fault drummer made a big show of paying for everything whenever the cast went out on the town together. Karl Howman, a young actor on the film who Moon had taken under his wing, finally insisted upon covering an evening’s revel himself – only to discover to his horror at the end of the night that the final bill was going to cost him a month’s wages. Moon, seeing his distress, suggested that they “do a runner”; and Howman, though utterly mortified about leaving the check unpaid, dashed with the rest of the actors to a waiting limo. The next day, Moon took Howman aside and informed him that he’d quietly paid the bill while the actor wasn’t looking; the mad dash from the club was just his way of capping the evening with a bit of extra excitement.

Mick Jagger, had insisted that his wedding to Nicaraguan-born actress and model Bianca Macias in May 1971 should be a ‘low-key’ affair, for which he chose the Riviera on the opening day of the summer season, as well as jetting in 75 rock-star guests including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Keith Moon.
Bianca, who was pregnant with their daughter Jade, left the reception early and went back to their room — only to wake hours later and find Keith Moon abseiling through her sixth-floor window, naked except for a pair of novelty glasses whose eyeballs bounced around in front of him on springs, and a pair of women’s underpants on his head.

Graham Chapman (Monty Python, etc.) told SPIN in 1987 about the time where Chapman first met Keith Moon. At a celebrity football (soccer) match Chapman, in full military outfit, was barking orders at the players from the sidelines. Suddenly, a Rolls Royce drove onto the field and Moon popped out, stole the ball, and scored the winning goal.

Lynyrd Skynyrd with Keith Moon.

Lynyrd Skynyrd with Keith Moon.

Keith Moon The Who Birthday Party Flint Michigan Holiday Inn.On August 23, 1967, drummer Keith Moon spent his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan.

Keith Moon The Who Birthday Party Flint Michigan Holiday Inn.On August 23, 1967, drummer Keith Moon spent his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan.

On August 23, 1967, drummer Keith Moon spent his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan following a concert by his band, The Who. The stage was set for one of the most legendary collisions between the hospitality industry and a touring rock ‘n roll band.  What started with a warm birthday greeting on the hotel’s sign eventually devolved into the world’s most infamous hotel stay.

A little background on the changes that occurred in 1967 for the young and/or uninitiated:

  • The summer of 1967, was transitional for rock ‘n roll – The Beatles released  Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandon June 1 – a recording Rolling Stone Magazine called “the most important rock & roll album ever made…”
  • The world’s first massively attended rock concert, the Monterey International Pop Festivalran from June 16-18, 1967 in Northern California, attracting 200,000 over three peaceful days. The event introduced American audiences not only to The Who, but Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.  “The Summer of Love” followed with 100,000 hippies flocking to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.
  • The Who have arguably been called the godfathers of hard rock, but were the undisputed pioneers of instrument destruction.  Their performance of “My Generation” on the prime time Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – filmed three weeks after the incident in Flint – provided a literally explosive introduction to prime-time American audiences (things start disintegrating around the 4:00 minute mark.)
  • Keith Moon was the drummer for The Who.  As Jeff Weiss of Stylus Magazine put it, “if Moon wasn’t the best drummer in rock history, he’s certainly its most original.” Raving Tales of Keith Moon Insanity written by Andy Secher and originally published in the January 1979 issue of “Hard Rock” magazine provides a good perspective on his escapades. Never prone to moderation, he died in September 1978 at the age of 32 of an accidental (and massive) drug overdose. For trivia buffs, Keith was also the inspiration for the manic Muppet drummer “Animal.”
  • Holiday Inns, in 1967 was the world’s largest hotel chain, with nearly 1,000 properties – comprised primarily of roadside motels.  Its “Great Sign” was not only an icon for the company, but the travel industry as a whole in the 1960’s.

And the rest, as they say, is rock & roll (and hotel industry) history…

It may be best to look at the events of August 23, 1967 as one would a chemical reaction… A list of the ingredients provides some insight into an inevitable recipe for hotel chaos and destruction:

  • Hyperactive kid with destructive tendencies celebrating a major birthday
  • Lingering post-concert adrenaline rush
  • Motel with swimming pool
  • Lots of money
  • Lots of presents (mostly alcohol)
  • Lots of girls
  • Large birthday cake (containing girl)
  • Lincoln continental limousine
  • Unsuspecting hotel staff
  • More alcohol…

And a brief synopsis of the timeline:

  • The Who, on their first North American tour, open (ironically) for Herman’s Hermits at Flint’s Atwood Stadium.
  • Concert ends a bit before 10:00pm
  • Band and entourage return to motel
  • Much festive imbibing and celebrating ensues
  • Lots of clothed and partially clothed party guests can not resist the inviting waters of the conveniently located (parking lot facing) swimming pool
  • Property fire extinguishers are emptied
  • Toilet explodes in hotel room
  • Drum company wheels huge birthday cake into main dining room
  • Girl jumps out of cake
  • Keith dumps whole cake on a group of party goers
  • Food fight spreads from dining room into hotel lobby
  • In ensuing confusion, Keith misplaces his clothes
  • Police arrive – Party in full swing
  • Keith suddenly decides to leave party in great haste
  • Keith jumps into Lincoln Continental & releases handbrake
  • Car rolls backward through fence and into deep end of swimming pool
  • Keith greeted at gunpoint by police as he surfaces
  • Keith makes second attempt at quick exit from the party
  • Slipping on cake, Keith falls and knocks out front tooth
  • Police apprehend Keith and escort him to dentist before heading to jail
  • Dentist discovers that in his current state, Keith had no need for Novocaine; repairs tooth
  • Keith spends night in county jail
  • Next day, chartered plane flies Keith to The Who’s next tour stop in Philadelphia

The total damage bill ran $24,000 in 1967 dollars. Reports include the record company buying the “damp” car from its irate owner.

After the events of that evening, several things permanently changed within both the hotel and entertainment industries:

  • Touring rock ‘n roll bands were introduced to a new and entertaining hobby to pass time between shows
  • The Who were banned for life from performing in Flint, Michigan
  • Holiday Inn declared what is believed to be its first and only global lifetime ban on The Who from all future hotel stays in any Holiday Inn, anywhere
  • Hotel operators discovered that promoting a celebrity visit was best after departure unless security was enhanced
  • Hotel architects made it considerably more difficult for motor vehicles to interact with swimming pools
  • Insurance carriers dramatically increased premiums for third party property damage coverage on concert tour policies
  • Hotel accounting departments dramatically increased credit requirements for touring rock ‘n roll bands
  • Band road managers dramatically increased the amount of petty cash on hand to handle unforeseen talent-related incidents

Moons assault on the travel industry continued throughout his career – from uninvited drumming sessions in 747 cockpits, to casting televisions out of hotel windows, hatcheting hotel room furniture to kindling, and that perennial favourite, blowing-up toilets… His creative off-stage pursuits inspired a generation of rock musicians.

Reflecting the cultural changes triggered in the late 1960’s, as the boundaries of rock ‘n roll debauchery gradually expanded, sadly, some of the personalization and innocence of traditional inn keeping was lost.

Mickey Dolenz, Olivia Newton John, Moon and Mark Volman from The Turtles

Mickey Dolenz, Olivia Newton John, Moon and Mark Volman from The Turtles

Keith Moon and Oliver Reed.

Keith Moon and Oliver Reed.

Keith Moon and Paul McCartney.

Keith Moon and Paul McCartney.

Keith Moon took the bland anonymity out of rock drumming – brought it out from the backline shadows.

From the start, he declared war on the notion that drummers were put on earth merely to keep time. Where others played anchoring half-note and quarter-note patterns on the bass drum, he stomped out a constant, if not always steady, torrent of eighths. He wouldn’t be caught dead near a hi-hat. His fills – witness the terse shots that announce the chorus of The Who’s “I Can’t Explain” – jostle belligerently against the beat, rather than falling submissively into line.

He specialized in leaving everyone dazzled and ever so slightly off balance. But few people, if any, ever got far beyond Moonie’s mad exterior. His closest associates, in and out of The Who, frequently confess that they never really knew him. Moon acknowledged as much himself. “I suppose, when I stop to analyze my lack of closeness to other people.” He once told a reporter, “I’d conclude I was basically lonely and unable to communicate other than at a superficial level. But I’m happy the way I am, living in a whirl of incident and excitement.”

The earliest details are ordinary enough. Keith Moon was born on August 23, 1947 to Alfred and Kitty Moon, who lived in London’s Wembley district, just north of Shepherd’s Bush, where the rest of The Who grew up. Keith was the Moons’ firstborn. Two sisters, Linda and Lesley, followed. Alfred and Kitty’s son attended Barham Primary School and, starting in 1957, Alperton Secondary. He played bugle and trumpet in an organization called the Sea Cadets. There’s a famous picture of him doing so, wearing a sailor suit, complete with hat identifying him as a proud appendage of “Barham S.C.C.”

It isn’t certain when he switched to drums. But by 14, he had starting mucking about on friend’s kit, which his father later bought for him. At 15, he left school. He began dividing his time among various short-lived jobs and bands with names like the Mighty Avengers, the Adequates, and the Escorts: cover groups essaying the usual repertoire of Shadows, Shane Fenton, and Johnny Kidd & the Pirates material. In 1963 Moon joined a surf group, the Beachcombers. Surf music – something of a rebellious alternative to Britain’s Merseybeat/R&B orthodoxy – was a lifelong passion for Keith. Its influence is unmistakable in the early Who’s falsetto backing vocal style and predilection for cover tunes like “Barbara Ann” and Jan & Dean’s “Bucket T.”

Oh yeah, The Who. What about them? In 1964 they were in the process of becoming, well,The Who, having recently grown out of being The Detours. Their drummer, Doug Sandom, had quit and they were looking desperately for another. (Mitch Mitchell, who later went on to fame with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is among those who auditioned.) Meanwhile, they were using an assortment of pickup drummers to maintain their regular schedule of club gigs.

And here’s where we arrive at one of the earliest Keith Moon stories. Travel with us now to the Oldfield Tavern on a Thursday evening in April, 1964. An extremely inebriated youth approaches the bandstand, announcing to the Messrs. Townshend, Daltrey, and Entwistle that his mate can play rings around the drummer they’ve got onstage. Said mate – Moon of course – appears, all in ginger: his hair dyed to match his matching, ginger-colored garments. He sits in on one song, “Roadrunner,” managing to mangle the kit’s bass pedal and hi-hat. He is immediately recognized to be the only possible drummer for The Who.

With the success of the first singles, Keith Moon lost no time in setting up his own pop-star lifestyle. In March of 1966, he married 17-year-old model Kim Kerrigan, daughter of a retired Bournemouth tea-planter. The couple’s daughter, Mandy, was born in August of ’66. They set up housekeeping in a small flat in Highgate, North London, above a used-car showroom.

The place is remembered for several things: among them is a resident and not-very-toilet-trained baby fox and its pop art installation piece.

One evening Moonie hurled a champagne bottle against the wall, having, of course, drained its contents, along with the contents of Lord knows how many other receptacles. The bottle lodged itself halfway in the plaster, sticking up a jaunty angle. Rather than remove it and repair the wall, Moon hung an ornate gold picture frame around the bottle. Here was a man born to make art of wanton destruction.

On a personal level, though, the ’70s were not kind to Keith Moon. The decade started badly with the accident death of his chauffeur and bodyguard, Neil Boland, on January 4, 1970. Apparently, Boland had stepped out of Moon’s Rolls Royce to deal with some skinheads who were blocking the car’s path in front of a Herefordshire nightclub. Moon slipped behind the wheel, the skins knocked Boland onto the pavement, the car went into gear and rolled forward, crushing the chauffer’s skull. The incident sent the drummer into a chronic, moths-long depression.

By October of 1973, Kim had left her husband for good, eventually divorcing him (and later marrying Faces keyboardist land McLaglan). In interviews, Roger Daltrey suggested that Keith never recovered from losing Kim. Townshend, for his part, has said that Boland’s death had a deep and lasting effect on Moon, precipitating the chain of self-destructive events that led to his own end.

In 1975, Keith met the second major love interest in his life: Annette Walter-Lax, a Swedish model whose resemblance to Kim was often-noted. Moonie unceremoniously terminated a brief fling with the no-doubt-descriptively-named Joy Bang and set off for L.A. with Annette. It was the beginning of a two-year binge in the City Of Lost Inhibitions (not that Keith had any to lose). Apparently, most of Moon’s time was devoted to harassing his neighbour, Steve McQueen, and carousing with the crew of L.A. rock wastrels led by Ringo and Harry Nilsson.

The Who pose for a group portrait in mid 1968. L-R Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Photo: Getty Images.

The Who pose for a group portrait in mid 1968. L-R Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Photo: Getty Images.

Group portrait of English rock band The Who, UK, circa 1968. (L-R) Pete Townshend (wearing a coat made out of a Union Jack flag), Keith Moon (wearing a The Who t-shirt), Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle. Photo: Getty Images.

Group portrait of English rock band The Who, UK, circa 1968. (L-R) Pete Townshend (wearing a coat made out of a Union Jack flag), Keith Moon (wearing a The Who t-shirt), Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle. Photo: Getty Images.

1975 was the year when Ken Russell’s film of Tommy was released, with Moon at his leering best as the pederast Uncle Ernie. It’s also the year when The Who By Numbers came out. The album is the frequently painful document of a band in big trouble. Not all of its problems can be laid at Moon’s door – far from it. But his drumming had begun to degenerate into a halfhearted parody of itself.

Things only got worse. At the Boston opening of 1 1976 U.S. Who tour, Moon collapsed two songs into the set – the result of an overdose of the tranquilizer Mandrex. And by ’77, when The Who convened to record Who Are You, Moon was in sad shape, despite the fact that he’d moved back to England and checked himself into a health farm. That same year, the band placed him in charge of public relations for their new company, Who Group, Ltd., based at London’s Shepperton Film Studio. It was a thinly disguised first move toward phasing Keith Moon out of The Who.

He spared them the trouble. On September 6, 1978, Keith and Annette attended a midnight debut screening of The Buddy Holly Story, continuing on to a premiere party thrown by Paul McCartney at the London restaurant Peppermint Park. At the festivities, Keith and Annette announced their plans to marry. They returned to their Curzon Place flat around 4:30 on the morning of the 7th. By 4:30 p.m., Keith Moon was dead of an overdose of Heminevrin, a sedative he’d been taking to help curb his drinking.

As the ’60s gave way to the ’70s, Keith Moon’s mercurial public excesses had gotten more famous than his drumming. He became – he was – Moon the Loon: a sort of unholy cross between Bacchus, Puck, and Charlie Chaplin, with the Marx Brothers, Monty Python, and Dadaists thrown in for good measure. But the most important thing he did wasn’t to stuff a waterbed into a hotel elevator, or blow up a few toilet bowls in the Waldorf Astoria. It was what he did behind a drum kit. That changed the nature of rock drumming forever, making it worthy of the music’s larger claims to rebelliousness, perpetual youth, and crazed energy.

Keith Moon : LFI Photoshot.

Keith Moon : LFI Photoshot.

Even though Keith Moon lived a life filled with decadence, debauchery, alcoholism and heedless drugging, his legacy is very impressive and worthy of note. Moon played with one of the greatest rock bands of all time and is often considered one of the best drummers ever. In 2011, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted Moon the second best drummer ever (John Bonham of Zed Zeppelin was picked number one.) At any rate, Moon may be the greatest character rock and roll has ever produced. Who was – or is – better in this regard?

Of course, Keith Moon’s hell-bent drumming style has often been imitated by generations of rockers. One of those is named Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son, who has performed and recorded with the surviving members of the Who since 1996.

Cheers Keith – As Rest in Peace really does not suit you, I hope you are having fun… Long Live Rock.

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  • Isherman

    “If any rocker partied harder than Keith Moon who would it be?”
    Good question. I would say only Lemmy came genuinely close to challenging him for that title, with honourable mentions to Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne and Bonham/Page.

  • NahYeah

    Every man is a moon, and he has his Keith side.

  • Isherman

    That’s true enough but he wasn’t always so pretty or funny in some of his states…I’ve been around him when he was on it hard, often coming out of the Empire in town.

  • Jman

    One of the more overrated bands. Most of their music sucks.

  • Wasapilot

    Joe Walsh says the most terrorfying moment in his life was when Keith Moon decided he liked him.

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