The Who Will Perform Again In Cincinnati For The First Time Since The Tragedy In 1979
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40 Years After The Pre-Show Stampede
The Who added a series of 2020 dates for their Moving On tour including a stop at Cincinnati for the first time in 40 years. On December 3, 1979, 11 fans aged 15 to 27 died in a fatal stampede outside the band’s concert and eight suffered from serious injuries. The Who only found out about it after their performance.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend announced their return to Cincinnati during the 40th anniversary of that tragic night. They spoke about it on WCPO’s documentary The Who: The Night That Changed Rock with Townshend admitting that he’s “still traumatized by it.” He added that “It’s a strange, disturbing, heavy load to carry.”
Townshend also told Associated Press, “Now we can have a conversation about it when we go back. We will meet people and we’ll be there. We’ll be there. That’s what’s important. I’m so glad that we’ve got this opportunity to go back.”
The Cincinnati show will be held at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena on April 23 – this is just seven miles south from the site of the 1979 concert Riverfront Coliseum. The Who will also give part of the proceeds from their concert to the P.E.M. Memorial which provides college scholarships to Finneytown High School students – the school where three of the 1979 victims attended.
Check out the other dates below.
The Who Tour Dates
April 21 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live
April 23 – Highland Heights, KY @ BB&T Arena Northern Kentucky University
April 27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
April 30 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
May 2 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
May 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
May 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Colosseum at Caesars Palace