Where Keith Moon Drove A Car Into A Holiday Inn Swimming Pool

Keith Moon in front of Holiday Inn sign.

Keith Moon in front of Holiday Inn sign.

2207 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan.

On August 23, 1967, drummer Keith Moon of the Who celebrated his 21st birthday at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. The Who just finished a concert that night at Atwood Stadium and returned to the hotel for a night that would go down in rock and roll history. The evening started with Moon, blowing up his hotel room toilet with dynamite, followed by the emptying of lots of fire extinguishers, many guests in various states of dress and undress, a huge cake with a girl inside of it and then a food fight with said cake. Of course as things started getting out of hand, the hotel manager called the police. At that point, Moon decided to leave the party and jumped into a Lincoln Continental and released the handbrake, causing the car to roll backward through the fence and into the hotel’s swimming pool. As Moon surfaced he tried to escape the cops but slipped and chipped his front tooth. The police apprehended Moon and took him to the dentist and then to jail where he spent the night. According to Who lead singer, Roger Daltrey, the band got a $50,000.00 bill for the damages and were subsequently banned from all Holiday Inns. The hotel was later turned into a Days Inn but has recently been demolished.

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The Days Inn (before demolition) where Keith Moon drove the car into the pool

The Days Inn (before demolition) where Keith Moon drove the car into the swimming pool.

 

Aerial view showing the demolition of the former Holiday Inn where Keith Moon drove a car into the pool

Aerial view showing the demolition of the former Holiday Inn where Keith Moon drove a car into the swimming pool.

 

Map showing the location of the hotel where Keith Moon drove a car into the pool

Map showing the location of the hotel where Keith Moon drove a car into the pool.