Keith Moon Drove A Car Into A Pool At A Holiday Inn On His 21st Birthday

On August 23, 1967, Keith Moon and The Who were celebrating his 21st Birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan.  By the end of the night Moon had blown up a toilet in his room, chipped a tooth running from the Sheriffs and drove a car into the pool.

Keith Moon Drives Car Into Pool Michigan The Who Birthday Party Keith Moon Car In Pool The Who Flint Michigan

The party started in a large conference room at the Holiday Inn after The Who played a concert at Atwood Stadium.  About 40 people attended and Decca Records and Premier Drums provided an open bar and a huge birthday cake for the festivities.  Here’s a photo of Keith at the show and at the party that night…

Keith Moon Atwood Stadium Flint Michigan 1967 Holiday Inn Pool Keith Moon Birthday Party Flint Michigan The Who

Already drunk, Keith began the night by lighting up a stick of dynamite and blowing up his room toilet.  That was followed by fire extinguishers being set off and the large cake being used for a huge food fight.  The hotel manager complained about the noise and sheriff deputies were called in to shut the party down.  Upon seeing the deputies, Keith (who was naked from the waist down) made a mad dash out of the room but slipped on a piece of cake chipping his front tooth.

Keith Moon Flint Michigan Party Pool Chipped Tooth

Moon then allegedly drove a Cadilac or a Lincoln Continental into the hotel pool.  Many people have dismissed the car into the pool story but Roger Daltrey insists,

“It flaming well did happen. We got the $50,000 bill for it.  He could have gone to jail for three years. This was Right-wing America in the Sixties. They just didn’t like us long-haired hippies. People write books and never talk to the band. They just talk to drunks and people who were half there.”

Here is a photo of the pool…

The Who Keith Moon Flint Michigan Holiday Inn Pool

Here is a google view and link to the location…

Keith Moon Holiday Inn Pool Location

Keith Moon and The Who were subsequently banned from all Holiday Inn’s for life and from Flint Michigan after the incident.  It was also rumored that Decca Records had to purchase the ruined car from it’s rightful owner.  He didn’t get the nickname “Moon the Loon” for nothing.

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