One of rock history’s bleakest moments was in 1979 when fans attending a general-admission Who concert at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum rushed the stage in hopes of getting the best seats. Instead, they found tragedy in the form of 11 people killed and several injured.
Because of the calamity, Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci ordered the band’s scheduled appearance in his city canceled. The Who has never played Providence since.
But that will change Feb. 26 when The Who roll into Providence to play the same venue it was scheduled to appear at in ’79, now called the Dunkin Donuts Center.
What’s more, venue GM Lawrence Lepore is offering to honor the original 1979 tickets at the 2013 show.
But before you pull that old ticket out of your scrap book, you’ll need to know that it will be treated as a ticket, a 1979 ticket, meaning you’re not going to have anything left of the memento other than the stub, if that.
“Somewhere, someplace, someone’s got it stashed,” Lepore said. “The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we’re willing to take it.”
You gotta love those 1979 prices. While ticket prices for The Who’s 2013 concert in Providence range from $57.50 to $127.50, it cost only $14 to see the band 33 years ago.
Lepore said fans holding 1979 tickets can contact the venue to exchange the souvenirs for 2013 tix. Redeemed 1979 tickets will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics Of Rhode Island. Click here for the Dunkin Donuts Center’s website.
And while you’re digging through your memory vault trying to remember what you did with those 1979 tickets, here’s video of yesterday’s press conference featuring Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey talking up the tour.