BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris
On this day in music history: August 24, 1967 - Following a performance by The Who at Atwood Stadium on August 23rd, the band and numerous guests will attend a birthday party held for drummer Keith Moon at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI. The party is put on by the bands’ record label Decca Records and Premier Drums to celebrate the drummers’ 21st birthday. The celebration will go on into the early morning hours and will degenerate into drunken debauchery and mayhem, with Moon leading the way. Partygoers will allege that a highly inebriated Moon will blow up the toilet in his hotel room with a stick of dynamite, followed by setting off fire extinguishers, then taking the huge birthday cake and starting a massive food fight. The hotel manager will call Sheriff’s deputies to have the party shut down. When Moon sees the police, he’ll turn to run away and slips on a piece of cake, breaking one of his two front teeth. Still running from the police, the drummer will jump into the nearest car (allegedly either a Cadillac or Lincoln Continential) and ends up driving the car into the hotel swimming pool. The incident will become a part of rock & roll legend, as well as earning The Who a lifetime ban from the Holiday Inn and a $50,000 bill for damages.

On this day in music history: August 24, 1967 - Following a performance by The Who at Atwood Stadium on August 23rd, the band and numerous guests will attend a birthday party held for drummer Keith Moon at the Holiday Inn in Flint, MI. The party is put on by the bands’ record label Decca Records and Premier Drums to celebrate the drummers’ 21st birthday. The celebration will go on into the early morning hours and will degenerate into drunken debauchery and mayhem, with Moon leading the way. Partygoers will allege that a highly inebriated Moon will blow up the toilet in his hotel room with a stick of dynamite, followed by setting off fire extinguishers, then taking the huge birthday cake and starting a massive food fight. The hotel manager will call Sheriff’s deputies to have the party shut down. When Moon sees the police, he’ll turn to run away and slips on a piece of cake, breaking one of his two front teeth. Still running from the police, the drummer will jump into the nearest car (allegedly either a Cadillac or Lincoln Continential) and ends up driving the car into the hotel swimming pool. The incident will become a part of rock & roll legend, as well as earning The Who a lifetime ban from the Holiday Inn and a $50,000 bill for damages.

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