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Keith Moon Blue Plaque Unveiled at London's Wardour St.
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The unveiling of the Blue Plaque for rock drummer Keith Moon at the site of the old Marquee Club on London's Wardour Street on March 8th was a big success, being the culmination of years of lobbying by longtime Who fans Gary & Melissa Hurley, in conjunction with the Heritage Foundation and Westminster Council.

Keith Moon program and commemorative plaque


L-R: John 'Wiggy' Wolff, Kenney Jones, Zak Starkey & David Stark
L-R: John 'Wiggy' Wolff, Kenney Jones,
Zak Starkey & David Stark


Keith Moon hologram


DS with Keith's mother Kit Moon and Wiggy Wolff
DS with Keith's mother Kit Moon and Wiggy Wolff

Attendees included Roger Daltrey, Kenney Jones, Zak Starkey, PJ Proby, Dougal Butler (Keith's PA) and members of Moon's family including his mother Kit (now 88), his two sisters, nephews, nieces, friends and many others, along with the Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Louise Hyams, who revealed she had seen The Who in their 60's heyday at a London college gig. MC'd by Mike Read, the plaque unveiling at 12 noon was followed by a celebrity charity luncheon at Grosvenor House Hotel which ended with a full-on set by top tribute band Who's Who, whose drummer Paul Kemp both looks and plays uncannily like Moonie himself.

Another major highlight of the event was the first display in 30 years of the legendary Keith Moon hologram, made in 1978 by former Who crew members John "Wiggy" Wolff and Chris Matthews, both laser experts. The hologram was last displayed in August 1978 at the "Who's Who" fan exhibition at The ICA in London, which closed just a week before Moon's untimely demise on September 7th. In fact Keith attended the exhibition as one of his last public appearances, and was ironically the only member of The Who to pose for what had originally been planned as series of four holograms of the band.

Having also attended the ICA exhibition and seen The Who well over 200 times since 1967, the hologram has remained for me one of the most iconic rock artefacts of all time, and the one item which I most wanted to see again after all these years. On impulse I contacted Wiggy Wolff just days before the plaque unveiling last week, and asked him if the hologram still existed. He told me it was up in his loft, but he hadn't looked at it for years. He wasn't even sure if the image could still be seen, as some holograms have faded and disappeared after so much time. However, after setting it up and testing it for the first time in decades, Wiggy was delighted to see that it displayed as well as it did back in 1978. The large optical plate was carefully transported to Grosvenor House, and with a snare drum loaned by Premier Drums, "Moon the Loon" was back on show at his own celebration, in quite spectacular fashion.

For many members of his family, including his mother Kit, seeing the extraordinarily life-like image of Keith in his prime was a totally moving experience, bringing not a few tears as well as many exclamations of wonder and amazement from all those who viewed it. It is now hoped that the hologram will find a permanent home in a suitable exhibition space for today's and future generations of rock fans to enjoy - once seen, it is never forgotten - an incredible and unique tribute to one of the greatest, if not the greatest, drummers and personalities in rock history.

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