Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, died 33 years ago today in 1978. The man contributed a great deal to rock and roll, from naming one of the greatest classic rock acts, creating awesome collaborations with his legendary contemporaries, or setting the precedent for the decadence of the rock star lifestyle and classic rock drumming.
We present a few highlights of Moon's legendary antics and contributions to rock and roll history. And in the spirit of Moon's last words, “If you don't like it, you can just fuck off!”
Blowing shit up.
While Moon probably didn't invent the John Bomb, he certainly perfected the art and made it a signature move of his. The video shown above is actually a tribute to Moon. His toilet explosions got him banned for life from several hotels (as well as other antics). He also added ten times the amount of gun powder in his drum kit to their normal pyrotechnic act at the finale of “My Generation” on the Smothers Bros Comedy Hour. Watch the video here.
He suggested the name for Led Zeppelin.
The story goes that when Robert Plant expressed plans to form a supergroup with Jimmy Page, the New Yardbirds, Moon retorted that the project would go up like a lead zeppelin. Ta da.