Keith Moon remains one of the best drummers of all time and for good reason. The sheer force with which he played has inspired generations of drummers. In fact, he reportedly helped inspire the creation of one of the most popular Muppets: Animal, the drummer for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

As entertaining as he was on stage, he was somehow more unhinged off stage. He might be one of the funniest characters in rock history and the most destructive, especially when it came to hotel rooms.

However, Roger Daltrey claimed in an interview from October 2019 that hotel managers loved when Moon and The Who trashed hotel rooms. Why? The band would pay for the damage in cash, and then the hotel would claim the damage on their insurance. Daltrey said of one hotel in New York, ” … swear to you I reckon that Keith Moon decorated every room in that hotel because he smashed one, we’d pay in cash, the manager would claim the insurance … When we came back, the manager would go ‘Ah Mr Moon,’ and he would be put in the worst hotel room that needed decorating each time, and we paid for it.”

From hotel shenanigans to on-stage antics and everywhere in between, celebrate the life of Keith Moon by watching these funny videos. You know he’d appreciate people having a laugh in his honor.

  • The Who Reminisce on Their First Gig With Moon

    Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle sat down for an interview and talked about their late friend. They reminisced about the first show they ever performed with him. Unsurprisingly, he wrecked his own drum kit during that show. Townshend clarified that he didn’t wreck the kit from shenanigans: “He smashed it up by playing!”

  • Keith Moon on Trashing Hotel Rooms

    Here, Moon himself talks about a particularly infamous moment on The Rolling Stone 10th Anniversary Special where one waterbed managed to ruin three hotel rooms. What follows is a fun skit featuring Steve Martin where Moon ruins a hotel room set in real-time. It’s something that you have to see to believe.

  • Alice Cooper on his favorite Moon Stories

    At the top of this interview, Cooper says, “I always tell people 30% of what you hear about me is true … Everything you’ve ever heard about Keith Moon is true, and you’ve only heard a tenth of it.” Cooper goes on to share one of his favorite stories about Moon. Spoiler: It involves a French Maid’s uniform.

  • Helen Mirren on When Keith Moon Nearly Crashed One of Her Stage Performances

    This is an absolutely incredible Moon story that doesn’t get enough attention. Dame Helen recalls an outrageous story about how the late drummer almost joined her on stage during a play performance in London’s West End. We’ll let Mirren tell the story, but it begins with Moon emerging from a trash can.

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