Better Late Than Never: Fans Who Got Burned on a Canceled Concert After the Who’s Infamous 1979 Stampede Can Cash in Their Tickets and Finally See the Band

Jul 19, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fans who still have their tickets for a canceled 1979 concert by the seminal rock band the Who will finally get to see the band — 33 years later, The Huffington Post reports.

The concert scheduled for Providence, R.I., back in 1979 was canceled by the town’s mayor, Buddy Cianci, because of safety concerns following an infamous Who concert in Cincinnati where 11 people died in a stampede. The band never returned to Providence — but the Who announced this week that they will close their upcoming U.S. tour there on Feb. 26, 2012.

The concert will be held at the same venue where the 1979 show was supposed to be held, although the name has since been changed to the Dunkin Donuts Center.

“General Manager Lawrence Lepore said on Thursday the venue will honor tickets from the canceled 1979 show,” the story reports. “Lepore said many ticketholders got refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but others may have held on to their tickets as memorabilia.”

Said Lepore: "Somewhere, someplace, someone’s got it stashed. The question is, are they willing to give that up? If they are, we’re willing to take it."

Lepore noted that the highest-priced ticket for the 1979 show was $14, while tickets for the upcoming concert range from $57.50 to $127.50.

Lepore first revealed the offer on a local radio station, which asked listeners to call in if they still had their 1979. No one called in, according to the story.

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