On the 40th Anniversary of the WHO CONCERT Tragedy, Pete Townsend told 9 News that the band would play Cincinnati again.
During the special titled "The Night That Changed Rock", Townsend told Tanya O'Rourke that he felt like coming back would help with the healing from the stampede that killed 11 people going into the show. He also committed at that time that the proceeds from the concert would go to a scholarship fund started in memory of a couple of Finneytown high school students who were killed.
Townsend said they never would have returned if relatives of the victims of the concert tragedy hadn't reached out to them
Initial plans for the concert were disrupted by COVID now a new concert date is set for May 15th. The show will not be at the Coliseum where the concert tragedy occurred instead they will play at TQL Stadium in the West End.
Here is the news release from the soccer club:
THE WHO ANNOUNCE 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
THE WHO HITS BACK!
Legendary rock band The Who have announced a brand new tour for 2022, THE WHO HITS BACK! The iconic band’s upcoming North American trek promises to be another rock n’ roll knockout, bringing singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend back to U.S. venues two years after their acclaimed MOVING ON! Tour, which wowed audiences with a series of sold-out dates. THE WHO HITS BACK! Tour will again share the stage with some of the finest orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.
The tour will make a stop in Cincinnati on Sunday, May 15 and will be the first concert at TQL Stadium!
A previously scheduled 2020 show in Cincinnati will now take place on May 15 at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati. The performance will have added historical significance as it will be the first time the band will be playing in the city since eleven lives were tragically lost as the concert crowd waited to get into The Who’s concert on December 3, 1979. The Who will make a donation from the concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, the organization that was founded to honor friends and classmates that lost their lives at the concert, providing college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School.
Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 11 at 10am local time at SeatGeek.com
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning today, Monday, February 7 at 10 a.m. EST through Thursday, February 10 at 10 p.m. EST. The Who’s fan club presale starts Wednesday, February 9 at 10am local time and runs through Thursday, February 10 at 10 p.m. EST.
THE WHO HITS BACK! Tour will feature THE WHO’s full live band comprised of guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, second keyboardist Emily Marshall, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals by Billy Nicholls along with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder, passionately delivering THE WHO’s many classics, as well as songs from their most recent album, titled WHO.
Commenting on The Who Hits Back! Tour, Roger Daltrey says, “Pete and I said we’d be back, but we didn't think we'd have to wait for two years for the privilege. This is making the chance to perform feel even more special this time around. So many livelihoods have been impacted due to Covid, so we are thrilled to get everyone back together - the band, the crew and the fans. We’re gearing up for a great show that hits back in the only way The Who know how. By giving it everything we got.”