Keith John Moon
(August 23, 1946 – 7 September 1978)
“My friends call me Keith, but you can call me John”
Keith Moon was best known as the drummer of The Who. Widely considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 (as a member of The Who). Besides being a world class rock drummer, his unique personality and wild antics have forged another part of his legacy. Keith originated the hard partying rock star image. No hotel room was safe when The Who was on tour.
His signature prank was lighting explosives and then flushing them down toilets. Excessive binge drinking, drugs and late night parties were the norm. It is estimated Moon caused around $500,000 in damage to hotels over 14 years (and this is in 1970’s valuations). Mostly due to Keith, The Who were banned from staying in several major hotel chains. Keith had singular sense of humor and was always vying to generate laughs. Some examples of this include his Rolls Royce that he hand painted in purple house paint. Or dressing up like a bum and begging for change, when someone would deny him, he would pompously huff and puff, and summon his limo driver (who was instructed to wait nearby) to pick him up, and open the door to usher him into the limo. Roger Daltrey explained that Moon liked to take upper-class icons, and somehow make them “working class”.
Keith spent 15 years with The Who, and in that time he was an integral part of the enormous legacy that is The Who. His unique style shines through on each of the The Who’s albums as well as their concert recordings. His hard charging style was both what made him a spectacular drummer and what ultimately led to his tragic death in 1978. His legacy as a drummer and as a unique and vibrant personality endures. There will never be another quite like him.
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