The Who to Play Rescheduled Concert at TQL Stadium in May

The show will be The Who's first Cincinnati performance since the Dec. 3, 1979 tragedy at Riverfront Coliseum.

click to enlarge Roger Paltry (left) and Pete Townshend of The Who - PHOTO: PROVIDED BY LIVENATION
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Roger Paltry (left) and Pete Townshend of The Who

Find your squeeze box and hop onto the magic bus, because The Who finally has rescheduled its Cincinnati tour stop.

The legendary rock band's "The Who Hits Back" tour will come to Cincinnati on Sunday, May 15, at TQL Stadium in the West End. The public sale launches at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, but American Express cardholders can join a presale beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7. See the full tour schedule and ticket information.

The show will be The Who's first Cincinnati performance since Dec. 3, 1979, when tragedy struck at Riverfront Coliseum. On that day, 11 people were trampled to death when an impatient crowd pushed its way through the doors at the Coliseum before the band's performance.

The group says in a release that it will donate to the P.E.M. Memorial, named after Finneytown High School students Stephan Preston, Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison, who died during the 1979 incident. The committee annually raises scholarship funds for graduating Finneytown seniors who plan to study music or the arts in college.

The P.E.M. Memorial Committee has provided 35 scholarships since 2011. The committee also has been a catalyst for a memorial bench, brick plaza and plaques that honor Preston, Eckerle and Morrison at Finneytown High School.

Last year, the Committee streamed a previously unreleased Who concert from 1973 to raise funds.

Cincinnati's performance will be part of a do-over after the band's tour had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Who originally had scheduled a Cincinnati concert for April 23, 2020.

"Pete (Townshend) 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," vocalist Roger Daltrey says in a Feb. 7 press release. "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."

The band last toured in 2019.

Below, watch The Who perform Baba O'Riley in 1978.


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