The world would be saying “who?” when talking about The Who without Keith Moon. The legendary drummer revolutionized the instrument, turning it into a lead at a time when drummers merely kept time in the background. His manic playing style and wild stage antics earned him the title as one of the greatest sticksmen of all-time. To honor what would have been his 69th birthday, we give you five things you forgot about Keith Moon.
He taught Ringo Starr’s son how to play drums.
Zak Starkey spent a lot of time with Moon as a kid, even referring to him as Uncle Keith. “The Loon” was also Starkey’s godfather, so it’s only fitting that Starkey took over behind the kit for The Who in 1994.
He accepted a Grammy award for The Beatles.
The Fab Four were much too busy to be bothered to pick up some trophy, so they sent Moon to do it for them. As expected, hilarity ensued.
He inspired the name Led Zeppelin.
Moon almost formed a supergroup with fellow Who bassist John Entwistle and a young guitarist named Jimmy Page in 1966. He remarked that the band would go down like a “lead zeppelin” and Page never forgot it.
He loved to blow up toilets in hotel rooms.
Moon would frequently get bored when not playing gigs, so to pass the time he and Entwistle liked to stick explosives in toilets. Via the Daily Mail, “And we blew up a toilet in an Alabama hotel room, because they told us we couldn't have room service,” said Entwistle. “We did it with a cherry bomb firework, which wouldn't flush away.That toilet was just dust all over the walls by the time we checked out.”
He was asked to play at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Yes, you read that right. 2012. 34 years after his death. According to The Guardian, organizers for the event asked The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley if Moon would be available to play with the other surviving members of the band. "I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old'," said Curbishley. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."