The Whos Keith Moon to get blue plaque despite English Heritage snub

February 1st, 2009 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 1 (ANI): The Whos late drummer Keith Moon will be honoured with a “blue plaque” just months after English Heritage claimed that the musician was not worthy of the tribute.

The plaque will be unveiled in March at the site of the Marquee Club in Soho by the drummer’’s former bandmates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

It will mark the scene of performances that were notorious as much for Moon’’s hell-raising style as for his skill with the drumsticks.

The move follows a campaign by fans of the drummer, who were livid by English Heritage’’s refusal to acknowledge Moon’’s place in modern music’’s pantheon.

Recollections of the artists drum-kit derring-do cut little ice with English Heritage.

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

David Graham, a trustee of the charity, said that he had “no problems” with English Heritage and was “not stepping on their toes”, but added that his organisation realised the “need to broaden horizons”.

“Keith has been overlooked but was such a character you don”t get characters like him any more. We were delighted to organise a plaque for Keith, and the Marquee is the perfect place because it was at the centre of the rock gigs in London,” the Independent quoted Graham, as saying.

A spokeswoman for English Heritage said “only the most outstanding historical figures” came through the shortlisting process for plaques. (ANI)

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