The Who Fans Redeem Tickets 33 Years After Canceled Concert
The British rock band’s 1979 Providence, R.I., concert was nixed by the city’s mayor, but fans still holding tickets to the show can use them to see the music legends in February.
Who says rock 'n' roll doesn’t give second chances?
More than 30 years after The Who was forced to cancel a show in Providence, R.I., fans of the British rockers are being given a much-belated chance to see the music legends in action, the Associated Press reports.
The band had planned to play in Providence in 1979, but the city’s then-mayor Buddy Cianci canceled the performance, pointing to a fatal stampede ahead of a Who concert in Ohio, which killed 11 people.
The band never made it to Providence in the decades since, but they will be making a stop at the city’s Dunkin Donuts Center in February, as the band wraps up its Quadrophenia tour.
Earlier this month, Dunkin Donuts Center general manager Lawrence Lepore announced the venue would honor tickets to the 1979 show. He assumed most fans turned in their tickets after the 1979 cancellation to receive a refund, but believed a few hardcore fans held onto them.
"Somewhere, someplace, someone's got it stashed,” Lepore said. "The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we're willing to take it."
So far, 10 people have come forward and turned in their tickets, which will be auctioned off as souvenirs, with proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.