You can’t listen to The Who’s music without exploding. Pete Townshend’s guitar, Roger Daltrey’s vocals, John Entwistle’s bass, and Keith Moon’s outrageous drumming will never get old. But in addition to melting fans’ faces with music, The Who’s drummer had a knack for making equally outrageous pranks on his teammates. Here are the top 5 most ridiculous pranks that Moon pulled in his day.
5. Keith Moon breaks into Mick Jagger’s hotel room disguised as Batman
In a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show (per.) NME), Mick Jagger tells the host about one night when he was woken up by Moon, dressed as Batman, while standing on his hotel bed. “Keith was a complete lunatic,” Jagger said. “I was in L.A. at a hotel once, sleeping, and he broke into my room as Batman. I woke up and there was Batman in front of me, with a mask and everything. It’s not what you mean in the middle of the night.” I think I had a knife, at least some kind of defensive weapon. So I pulled out the knife and he said, ‘Oh no, it’s Keith.’ I said, ‘You’re not Keith… I can tell you’re not with your voice.’ He replied, ‘No, Keith Moon.’ Then he took off the mask.” Moon had climbed up to escape Jagger’s fire. That is the dedication.
4. The Moon and its Explosives Almost Destroyed the Entire Set of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’
The Who are known for their shocking on-stage antics. They famously destroyed their equipment whenever they felt like it. It was punk before punk. However, Moon took that behavior a bit further during the performance of The Who. The Smers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. It was the band’s American TV debut, and Moon wanted to end the show with a bigger bang than the Who was addicted. They performed their hit song “My Generation”, but their “smash-up finale was unforgettably surreal, thanks to Moon loading their drums with more flash powder than ever before,” Rolling stone writes. The resulting explosion “almost blew himself off the stage,” momentarily blinded TV cameras, and Bette Davis, who was also on the program, fainted.
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3. One of the Moon’s recurring pranks involves PsA
When The Who walked around town, you knew him. Moon would drive around small English towns bragging about fake PSAs over loudspeakers. That was one of his favorite recurring pranks. In order to be as loud and obnoxious as he could be, he often used a police bullhorn and hidden amplifiers that were already attached to his car so that he could blast his strange messages without rolling down the windows. According to Rolling Stone, Moon’s PSA was intended to scare locals “of danger in the form of impending tidal waves or a growing crowd of venomous snakes”. Moon produced some messages to “flap their wings” by announcing that the British government would move the country’s entire immigrant population to their neighbourhood.
2. Moon once dressed as a wicker and staged his abduction
According to Rolling Stone, Moon loved going out in public attire. Costumes that will definitely attract attention. One of his favorites was Bald Vicar, who shouted obscene things to a casual passerby. But that wasn’t all Vicker did. Dressed as the character, Moon will stage his own abduction. Once, while walking through London’s crowded Oxford Street at noon, Vicker was kidnapped by some gangsters. They dragged him down the street kicking and screaming and took him in a Rolls Royce. However, “Gangster” Bonzo was a member of the Doug Doo Dah band, and Rolls Royce actually belonged to the Moon. The police stopped the car before they could escape.
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1. A mischief of the Moon involved a bed of water, but it did not go as planned
Moon was so hell-raiser that he destroyed virtually every hotel room he’s ever lived in, most notably his room in Copenhagen, Denmark, which he destroyed in 1972. There was a water bed in Moon’s room, and he wanted to have it in his house. Lift the hotel and send it down to the lobby. He asked Townshend to help him, but he exploded when they tried to shake him off the bed frame. Foot-high waves moved across the hallway. Moon had a problem with his hand; How was he going to pay for all the damages? Moon, however, was an expert, and got out of the mess without much trouble. He called the hotel manager and angrily told him that the bed was torn and all his stage clothes were destroyed. The manager apologized and took Moon to the fancy presidential suite. Which later destroyed that room as well.
Keith Moon was a force to be reckoned with, but he created some terrifying moments in rock ‘n’ roll history and inspired other hell-raisers like the Sex Pistols and the Motley Fool Crew. However, decades after Moon’s death in 1978, the hotels may rest in peace.