Anniversary of The Who's Tragic Gig

(Gibson) The late '70s were tough times of The Who. First, drumming legend Keith Moon died in 1978. Once the band, after much debate, decided to continue as a musical entity, they next faced a momentous tragedy in Cincinnati on this day in 1979.

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle (with new boy Kenney Jones on drums) hadn't played Cincinnati since 1975 and the buzz for the U.S. tour and this gig in particular was enormous. Fans lined up early with more than 18,000 arriving by 1:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.

The Riverfront Coliseum operated a simple first-come, first-served seating policy (festival seating) and throughout the afternoon fans pushed and jostled for better vantage points and better seats. Around an hour before the show was scheduled to start and just as The Who finished their sound check, five of the arena's 124 doors were opened. The obvious happened as hundreds of fans pushed towards the few open doors. The crush was horrific with people crammed together, faces jammed against glass, and some unable to breathe. - more on this story

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