Sunday, February 1, 2009

Late Who Legend Keith Moon To Get London Tribute

The Who's late drummer Keith Moon is to be honored with a "blue plaque" at one of the former sites of London's Marquee Club, the legendary venue that played host to a number of his famous kit-trashing performances.

The plaque will be unveiled by Moon's former bandmates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend at a ceremony in March.

The tribute follows a campaign by Moon's fans, who disagreed with English Heritage's refusal to acknowledge his place in music history, according to The Independent.

English Heritage had apparently refused to sanction a plaque due to Moon's legendary hell-raising.

However, the Heritage Foundation has brokered a deal with Westminster City Council to do the job instead.

"Keith has been overlooked but was such a character – you don't get characters like him any more. We were delighted to organize a plaque for Keith, and the Marquee is the perfect place because it was at the center of the rock gigs in London," David Graham, a trustee of the charity, told the newspaper.

A spokesperson for English Heritage told the newspaper that "only the most outstanding historical figures" came through the shortlisting process for plaques.

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