This is cool. So very cool…
In 1979, The Who was scheduled to play in Providence, Rhode Island. The show was cancelled by then-mayor, Buddy Cianci, for what he considered legitimate concerns over public safety. 11 people had recently been trampled to death at a show in Cincinnati, and Cianci was not willing to deal with the potential of something so crazy happening in the biggest city of the smallest state in the USofA.
Fans were disappointed, but The Who vowed to return. And now they will. On February 26, 2013, the iconic British rockers will play the venue they were scheduled to play in 1979, and they will honor the tickets that were issued for that show. This is the tip of an iceberg if ever there were one. What will be much more interesting to learn? Who kept their tickets from that concert, and will they use them for entry into the concert?
Sure. Maybe you’re like me. Roger Daltry and Pete Townshend old-dude rocking is worth seeing, but it’s still hard to consider them The Who without Keith Moon, the angst-filled drummer who, like so many other rock icons, died of a drug overdose in 1978. Bassist John Entwistle also died, more recently in 2002, due to a heart attack that was triggered by cocaine use.
All this is to say…
The next tour could be one of the last opportunities to see the remaining members of The Who on stage, as both Daltrey and Townshend have stated that they don’t know how much longer they’ll be capable of playing.
So…who has tickets from ’79 and plans to hit the show next February?