And Finally

1979 ticket holders to get into 2013 Who gig

By | Published on Friday 20 July 2012

The Who

Fans with tickets from a previously cancelled The Who gig in Rhode Island will be able to use them to get into a new show at the same venue. Though don’t expect too big a rush of ticket-holders – the cancelled gig was in 1979.

The Who were due to play in Providence that year, but the show was cancelled by the then city mayor over safety concerns, after a stampede at a show in Cincinnati had killed eleven people. Refunds were given to ticket buyers at the time, but it’s thought some fans held onto their tickets as souvenirs.

The band haven’t returned to the Rhode Island capital since. Until now. They will end their upcoming US tour, announced yesterday, in the city next February, and in the same venue where the cancelled gig would have taken place (now the not at all embarrassingly named Dunkin Donuts Center).

And after that new show was announced, the venue’s current General Manager told reporters he’d accept tickets from the 1979 gig for next February’s concert. He said: “Somewhere, someplace, someone’s got [a ticket] stashed. The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we’re willing to take it”. If they are, they need to call the venue in advance to exchange it for a new ticket.