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The Who will return to Cincinnati for the first time since 1979 tragedy

News 05/12/2019

The Who will be embarking on a new series of tour gigs, including their very first show in Cincinnati area in 40 years.

In 1979 on 3rd December, eleven attendees passed away during a stampede outside of the Who's concert (may they rest in peace).

The event was planned with general admission ticketing in a first-come, first-served arrangement. Over 7,000 ticket holders rushed the venue, fighting to get the best spot at the gig that led to the deaths of eleven people between the ages 15 to 27 and eight attendees were seriously injured.

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Members of The Who prepare to leave the Stouffer's hotel for their next concert in Buffalo after the tragic concert stampede

Organisers went ahead with the show as planned, in fear of a riot if they cancelled the show. The band did not find out about the unfortunate event until after the show.

"You know, I'm still traumatised by it," Pete Townshend told Cincinnati television station WCPO in a new documentary called The Who: The Night That Changed Rock. "It's a weird thing to have in your autobiography that, you know, 11 kids died at one of your concerts. It's a strange, disturbing, heavy load to carry." You can watch the 43-minute-long documentary below.

The guitarist hopes their return to Cincinnati on 23rd April 2020 will help to heal old wounds. Now we can have a conversation about it when we go back," Townshend explained to the Associated Press. "We will meet people, and we'll be there. That's what's important. I'm so glad that we've got this opportunity to go back."

The show will be held at Northern Kentucky University's BB&T Arena, about eleven kilometres (oh, the irony...) away from the venue of the tragic concert. You can see the full list of new dates below.

The band will be donating a portion of the show's proceeds to the P.E.M. Memorial, a scholarship fund for Finneytown High School, where some of the victims from the stampede were students.

The Who 'Moving On' 2020 Tour

  • 21st April – Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida
  • 23rd April –BB&T Arena, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky
  • 27th April – American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (Rescheduled)
  • 30th April – Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (Rescheduled)
  • 2nd May –Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (Rescheduled)
  • 5th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 7th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 9th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 12th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 14th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 16th May – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada