Keith Moon became known not only for his music skills, but for the eccentric personality and savage behavior. The Who drummer especially liked, in addition to breaking drums, to destroy hotel rooms wherever he went. Once, he even paid taxi drivers to close the street of the hotel.
During a tour on the United States, Moon’s level of boredom peaked in New York. On April 30, 1976, the musician had a perfect idea to solve the problem. With his pocket full of money, he paid nine taxi drivers, one hundred dollars each, to block the hotel’s street and ensure the safety of pedestrians while destroying the room in which he was staying. Moon threw all the items out the window.
“When you’ve got money and you do the kind of things I get up to, people laugh and say that you’re eccentric,” adding “which is a polite way of saying you’re fucking mad.”; Moon commented on the behavior.
About Keith Moon behavior, Roger Daltrey said to GQ in 2018:
“He lived his entire life as a fantasy, he was the funniest man I’ve ever known, but he was also the saddest; I’ve seen Keith in some terrible times. I saw him at his height, but then I saw him at his lowest.”
“He had an incredible talent but was completely uncontrollable. Not just a little bit uncontrollable, completely uncontrollable. So when it came to the things that he really wanted to do, like becoming an actor, he could do one take and it would be wonderful. But when you’re making a film you have to do that ten times and of course, every take he did was completely and utterly different. But he was brilliant.”