Who Will Play Cincinnati 42 Years After Concert Tragedy – The Hollywood Reporter
British rock band The Who will perform their first concert in the Cincinnati area in more than four decades, after 11 people died in a stampede before the show in 1979.
Who will take the stage at TQL Stadium on May 15, WCPO-TV reported on Monday. The band’s comeback was originally scheduled for April 2020 at BB&T Arena in Kentucky, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Long haunted by the tragedy, The Who has for years supported a memorial scholarship effort in the suburbs of Cincinnati, where three of the victims went to school.
Lead singer Roger Daltrey told the station: “We’re playing in a bigger venue now, which is obviously going to increase sales.” “I’m excited about the fact that we leave a legacy to Cincinnati.”
In the station’s 2019 documentary The Who: The Night that Changed RockThe band said the decision to play in Cincinnati again “will be such a joyous occasion for us and such a healing one”.
Two dozen others were injured at the Riverfront Colosseum on December 3, 1979, amid the confusion and unpreparedness of the thousands of fans who lined up for hours for first-come, first-served seats.