The Who announces new Las Vegas residency and first Cincinnati-area concert since 1979 tragedy
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on December 4, 2019
The Who recently announced that three U.S. shows postponed this past September when singer Roger Daltrey came down with bronchitis had been rescheduled for next spring. Now the British rock legends have added some new stateside shows to their 2020 itinerary.
The band’s newly announced performances are an April 21 concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida; an April 23 show at BB&T Arena in the Cincinnati suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky; and a six-date Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace scheduled for May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16.
The Highland Heights event is significant because it is the first show The Who will play in the Cincinnati area since the tragic December 1979 incident at the city’s Riverfront Coliseum, where 11 young people were crushed to death as a throng of fans tried to enter the venue for a performance by the band.
The April 23, 2020, concert was announced Tuesday night after a new documentary about the tragedy, The Who: The Night that Changed Rock, premiered on the Cincinnati-area TV station WCPO in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the incident. Daltrey, Pete Townshend and longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley were interviewed for the doc.
The Who will donate some proceeds from the Cincinnati-area concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, an organization that was founded to honor those who lost their lives in the 1979 tragedy. The charity provides college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School, which three of the victims attended.
All of the 2020 shows are part of The Who’s Moving On! Tour, which features the band accompanied by an orchestra at each performance.
As previously reported, The Who’s new studio album, WHO, will be released this Friday, December 6.
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