The Who's Roger Daltrey claims 'hotels loved it when we trashed rooms'
Roger Daltrey claimed hotels 'loved it' when The Who trashed rooms
- Oct 24, 2019
Courtesy: Christopher Bucktin | Courtesy: James Desborough | News Source: mirror.co.uk
Music icon Roger Daltrey claimed hotels "secretly loved" The Who smashing up their rooms as it helped them refurbish for free.
The My Generation hit maker realised that while his group's wild antics got them banned from some establishments, others wanted them to stay.
During one wrecking spree, the band caused almost half a million pounds worth of damage.
Roger, 75, said: "Some of the dreadful hotels need smashing up anyway."
Hellraising drummer Keith Moon was the most destructive force in the rock - he was famous for throwing TVs out of windows and wrecking rooms.
But Daltrey says his antics worked out well for American hotel owners.
One evening cost the band £450,000 alone, and Keith's romps cost the band more money than they were paid during their 1967 tour.
At the time, the London act paid out the equivalent of millions getting spots upgraded.
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Roger admitted: "The manager used to love us because we used to pay them in cash, and then they claimed in on the insurance.
"We stayed at a hotel in New York called the Navarro, and I swear to you I reckon that Keith Moon decorated every room in that hotel because he smashed one, we'd pay in cash, the manager would claim the insurance.
"We would leave everything we would be kosher."
He continued: "And when we came back, the manager would go 'Ah Mr Moon'.
"And he would be put in the worst hotel room that needed decorating each time, and we paid for it."
Singer Roger remains bewildered by Keith's legendary 21st birthday party at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan.
Speaking to America's AXS TV, he said: "Things started to get out of hand, and I left.
"The next day I woke up and Keith has a tooth missing. Everybody was looking sheepish.
"Their story was we had driven this Lincoln Continental up flights of stairs into the swimming pool. I didn't see the car in the pool, but I saw the bill.
"Part of the bill was draining the pool, and I remember the bill to this day being $57,000 which was a lot of money in those days."
The star added: "I had to borrow money to get home from that tour. He never said sorry - Keith was an absolute expert at spending your money.
"He would say 'I will have that car', and he was talking about buying a jumbo jet at one point.
"We had no money at all, we were in debt.
"And of course you would come to the end of the tour and sit down with the agent and ask 'How much did I make?' and he would say 'What do you mean? You haven't made anything, Keith has spent it all.
"You went away £400,000 in debt, and you have come back £600,000 in debt'. How did that work?"
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