Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

1979 Who tickets OK for US gig

The Who's 1979 concert in Rhode Island was cancelled after a stampede before a show in Ohio killed 11 people
The Who's 1979 concert in Rhode Island was cancelled after a stampede before a show in Ohio killed 11 people

Fans still holding tickets for a cancelled 1979 show in Rhode Island by British rock band The Who can finally use them.

The Who's 1979 concert in Providence was cancelled by then-mayor Buddy Cianci, who cited safety concerns after a stampede before a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, killed 11 people. The band has not been to Providence since.

The Who this week announced it will end its latest tour in Providence on February 26 at the same venue where its show was axed 33 years ago, now called the Dunkin Donuts Centre.

General manager Lawrence Lepore said the venue will honour tickets from the 1979 show. Mr Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the axed show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia.

"Somewhere, some place, someone's got it stashed," he said. "The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we're willing to take it."

He first made the offer on WPRO-AM, which then asked listeners to call if they still had a 1979 ticket. No one did.

The highest price ticket at the 1979 show was 14 dollars (£8.90), Mr Lepore said. Tickets for February's show range from 57.50 dollars (£36.56) to 127.50 dollars (£81.08).

Mr Lepore said 1979 ticketholders can call his office to make the exchange. Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

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