The Who to play Cincinnati more than 40 years since fatal concert stampede

A notable addition to their 2020 Moving On tour.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey perform as The Who.

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The Who have extended their 2020 Moving On tour, adding a show in Cincinnati, Ohio – their first time in the city since a fatal stampede outside the band’s 1979 concert at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum.

At The Who’s Cincinnati concert on 3 December, 1979, 11 people – three of them teenagers – died in a stampede outside the venue’s doors. The 2020 concert will take place at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena on 23 April.

In an interview with the Associated Press, guitarist Pete Townshend expressed how glad he was about the band’s return to Cincinnati. “Now we can have a conversation about it when we go back,” he said. “We will meet people and we’ll be there. We’ll be there. That’s what’s important.”

The Who will also be donating a portion of the concert’s proceeds from the concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, an organisation that helps to provide college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School, where some of the 1979 victims studied.

Besides the Cincinnati show, The Who’s additional dates include a Florida show, three rescheduled performances in Texas and Colorado and a six-date residency in Las Vegas. 

In October, The Who released All This Music Must Fade, a single from Who, their first studio album in 13 years. The record arrives this Friday (6 December).

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