Everyone knows Keith Moon loved to trash TVs, but few realise quite how often he did it. Once, on the way to an airport, Moon insisted they return to their hotel, saying , “I forgot something.” When the limo returned, Moon ran to his room, grabbed the TV while it was plugged in, threw it out the window and into the pool. He then jumped back into the limousine, sighing “I nearly forgot.”
One day I asked Keith to tell me where his toilet. He smiled, saying “of course”. I went, and there was no toilet, just a pile of debris, I asked him:
– My God, what happened?
– This cherry bomb was about to explode in my hand and I threw it in the toilet to stop it, he replied
– They have this power then? I asked
– Yeah, it’s amazing!
– How much do you have any? I questioned him then, with fear in his eyes. He laughed and said:
– Five hundred !
“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.” (PETE TOWNSHEND)
After throwing food all over the plane and trying to push his way into the cockpit, Moon passed out, woke up, and began to scream. He then jumped from his seat and played the “Lone Ranger” theme song on the PA system. For his finale, upon landing, Moon stood at attention in the aisle, with his pants around his ankles. The other passengers politely applauded.
He showed me round the house. Opened up all the closets he had custom made, every single one was a disaster, stuff fell out on the floor and he didn’t put it back. All kinds of stuff, tennis rackets… It was like if the director had said ‘action’ and coordinated the most incredible stunt of collapsing things, that was it.
According to Tony Fletcher’s biography, Moon was quoted: “All that porcelain flying through the air was quite unforgettable.” Fletcher wrote: “no toilet in a hotel or changing room was safe,” until Moon had detonated his supply of explosives. In one case, hotel management asked Moon to turn down his cassette player. In response, he asked the manager up to his room and blew up the toilet right in front of him. Moon then turned the cassette player back up and said: “This is The Who.”