In 1976, The Who's drummer Keith Moon's legendary behavior came to New York City

Moon At The Drums
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Keith Moon, drummer for the Who from 1964 until 1976, was well known for being one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music. He was also infamous for his wild behavior, and in 1976, he became even more notorious for an escapade in New York City.

The Who is an English rock band that formed in 1964 with an original lineup of lead vocalist Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. The band would set the stage for other bands who came after with the inclusion of Marshall Stack, large PA systems, and synthesizers. They were well known for each member's unique musical style, and in 1990, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Moon would often become bored during downtime while touring. One story tells of an incident on April 30, 1976, while The Who was on tour in the United States. Moon was looking for some fun and paid nine cab drivers $100 each to block off the street in front of his hotel. After ensuring the street was clear, he entered the hotel and proceeded to throw the contents of the room into the street. While this is true rock and roll behavior, he was considerate enough to ensure the safety of any passing pedestrians.

Moon was often described as eccentric, which he stated is only people's way of politely saying you are f-ing mad. The truth of Moon's escapades is frequently questioned, but shock rocker Alice Cooper summarised Moon's character in the quote below.

"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."

Alice Cooper

Moon's talents as a drummer have been praised by critics, and he has been included in several Best of Lists, including No. 2 on Rolling Stones' 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time behind John Bonham of Led Zepplin. He is responsible for bringing drummers from the back of the stage to the foreground and is one of the first to include double bass drums in his kit. Check out the video below, "The Genius of Keith Moon," which chronicles his musical career.

"I suppose as a drummer, I'm adequate. I've got no real aspirations to be a great drummer. I just want to play drums for the Who and that's it."

Keith Moon, Melody Maker, September 1970