The Who have finally returned to Cincinnati, 40 years after the disaster that preceded their December 1979 concert.
During the emotional show, Townshend told the crowd: “I’ve been trying to think about what to say, what would be cool to say, what wouldn’t be cool to say, and there really aren’t any words we can say that can mean (as much as) the fact that you guys came out tonight and supported this event.”
What happened in the Cincinnati concert disaster
In 1979, The Who were on their first tour since the death of drummer Keith Moon. The tour’s third stop was a sold-out, standing room show in Cincinnati.
The crowd had gathered outside the venue all day and when they heard the band’s music playing inside two hours before the show started, there was a sudden rush – 11 fans died in the crush in front of the Riverfront Coliseum.
Bill Curbishley, the band’s manager, explained The music heard by the crowd was a test of the trailer for The Who’s quadrophenia Movie.
A 43-minute film from 2019 entitled The Who: The Night That Changed Rock was published, which told the story of the tragic event. The film includes interviews with survivors, who describe in detail how they were gasped from their lungs and knocked off their feet by the crowd.
The Who return to Cincinnati
On May 15, 2022, The Who returned to Cincinnati for an emotional concert.
Before the show, the band tweeted: “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally back in Cincinnati. We can’t wait to get back on stage and see so many of our friends from this amazing city.
“It’s going to be quite an emotional night for everyone, but we hope it’s a good night of love, respect and healing.”
They also asked fans to “stop for a moment” and “think of the following young people who lost their lives in 1979.”
“I think it was so difficult to deal with our feelings about it”
Last month, Townshend opened up about returning to Cincinnati and narrated billboard: “I think it will be great. I think it’s been so difficult to deal with our feelings about it… I think it’s going to be really good.”
During the show, the names of the 11 who died were displayed on a digital banner throughout the stadium.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the PEM Memorial, an organization that funds scholarships for seniors at Finneytown High School. The memorial honors three of the victims who attended the school: Stephan Preston, Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison.
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