The Who will play first concert in Cincy area since 1979 tragedy


(ABC) – Legendary rock band The Who will play its first concert in the Cincinnati area since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.

The announcement came Tuesday night on the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

The crowd surged during a soundcheck at what was then the Riverfront Coliseum, killing 11 and injuring dozens more.

A small candlelight vigil was held at the site on Tuesday night, outside US Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Kasey Ladd’s mother never made it inside the arena that fateful day.

He lights a candle every year and every year he said it makes him stronger.

“She was a hard-headed woman, very smart, graduated at the age of 17, went straight to college, and (was) a good, loving mother,” said Ladd.

The Who will play April 23 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena across the Ohio River and seven miles south of the 1979 concert site.

The band will also donate some of the concert money to a memorial scholarship fund benefitting students.

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(This story was originally published on December 4, 2019)

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