- Mini Bio
- Name: Keith John Moon
- Born: 23rd August 1946, Wembley, London U.K.
- Died: 7th September 1978, Westminster, London U.K.
- Resting place: His ashes were scattered in the Gardens of Remembrance at Golders Green Crematorium, London
- Occupation: Drummer, songwriter and actor
- Nickname: Moon The Loon
- Genre: Rock and hard rock
- Instrument: Drums and vocals
- Influenced by: Buddy Rich, Dennis Wilson, D.J. Fontana, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa and Jo Jones
- Inspired: Animal, Clem Burke, Dave Grohl, Neil Peart, Stan Demeski and Zak Starkey
- Discography: Apart from The Who repertoire of songs he released one solo album called Two Sides of the Moon (1975)
- Trivia: Moon had a penchant for blowing things up and he was once quoted as saying; "I never realised dynamite was so powerful. I'd been used to penny bangers before"
"I told people I was a drummer before I even had a set, I was a mental drummer"Keith Moon
"They never really say much, and when they do I found their comments a bit watery, they never seem to have much substance. It’s all very well dropping out but they don’t seem to have anything to replace it with"Keith Moon
"I like playing with friends. But my love is on the stage or theatrical drumming and not drum solos or session work. I’m not used to being told to play a certain way. I’m a lousy session musician"Keith Moon
"If you’re sitting around after a show and there’s something you don’t like, you just switch it off by throwing a bottle through the screen"Keith Moon
"John [Entwistle] and I used to have fights – it wasn't very serious, it was more of an emotional spur-of-the moment thing"Keith Moon
"You’d come offstage and still be buzzin. Then you’d go to a party and it’d get out of hand, get wild. Things get broken"Keith Moon
"I'm still the best Keith Moon-style drummer in the world"Keith Moon
"I took the hand brake off, it started to roll and it smashed straight through this pool fence and the old Lincoln Continental went into the Holiday Inn swimming pool, with me in it"Keith Moon
"When you’ve got money and you do the kind of things I get up to, people laugh and say that you’re eccentric"Keith Moon
"The hotel smashing is one way I get relief from the public image. I have no temper. I do it in a spirit of amusement rather than anger"Keith Moon
"I’m banned everywhere. With my record I’m not surprised. That’s why I have to buy me own hotels"Keith Moon
"I took out me hatchet and chopped the hotel room to bits. The television. The chairs. The dresser. The cupboard doors. The bed. The lot of it. It happens all the time"Keith Moon
"I was a rust repairer and full-time survivor. I survived all the major earthquakes, and the Titanic, and several air crash"Keith Moon
"My friends call me Keith, but you can call me John"Keith Moon
"They're always saying I'm a capitalistic pig. I suppose I am. But ... it's good for my drumming"Keith Moon
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Keith Moon Biography
Stories of Keith Moons' excesses are part of the fabric of rock and roll, the bad boy behind the drums of The Who smashed his way through stage sets, hotels and bars to cement his place as legend in the annals of rock and roll history.
His habit of smashing up hotel rooms and throwing TV's out of windows into swimming pools resulted in the band being banned from every Holiday Inn worldwide. The ban stemmed from them smashing up the Flint Michigan Holiday Inn and Keith driving a brand new Lincoln Continental into the swimming pool.
Pete Townshend once reminisced that they got thrown out of every hotel they stayed in and was quoted as saying;
"Keith Moon, God rest his soul, once drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel, driving all the way up to the reception desk, got out and asked for the key to his room".
His style of drumming changed the face of rock percussion, the speed and precision of his effervescent and aggressive drumming beat raised the bar and influenced other rock legends such as Jon Bonham of Led Zeppelin fame.
The great characters of life can always be relied on for great one liners and because of their famed status it gives their words more meaning. So here is my compilation of 15 of the best Keith Moon quotes
Quotes About Keith Moon
Roger Daltrey reflected on the legendary drummer:
"He was much misunderstood. There was madness in his eyes, but he had sophistication and he had terrible sadness... Keith lived his entire life as a fantasy. He was the funniest man I’ve ever known, but he was also the saddest; I’ve seen Keith in some terrible times. I saw him at his height, but then I saw him at his lowest. Keith is someone I love deeply, but who was a deeply troubled character"
Bassist John Entwistle summed up his abilities:
"He made the drums sing. He played every instrument in the band along with us. His breaks were melodic, because he tried to play with everyone in the band at once... We’d need two drummers to replace him"
Rock legend Alice Cooper spoke of his antics:
"Nobody could compete with Keith Moon. Think of it this way: about 40 per cent of what you’ve heard about me or Iggy or Ozzy is probably true. Everything you’ve ever heard about Keith Moon is true and you’ve only heard a tenth of it. He’d come to Los Angeles and he’d stay at the house for a week. So I’d go out to a recording session and come back and he would be dressed like a French maid"