Who blue plaque

A plaque commemorating The Who on their 50th anniversary was unveiled today (Sunday) at the place where the London club they made their live debut at (under the name The Detours) once stood.

The “Blue Plaque” ceremony took place at the site of the 1960s’ Goldhawk Social Club, in the band’s home turf of Shepherd’s Bush. Neither Pete Townshend nor Roger Daltrey attended the ceremony, but longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley was there, as were Keith Moon‘s onetime valet turned author Peter “Dougal” Butler, Who chronicler Richard Barnes and other friends of the band.

Townshend and Daltrey reportedly missed the ceremony because they were rehearsing for a one-off date in Abu Dhabi on Friday that kicks off their “long goodbye” tour, which will visit the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada next year.