Back in 1979, then-Mayor of Providence Vincent “Buddy” Cianci cancelled The Who’s concert that year after a tragic accident at a Who concert in Cincinnati killed 11 people. Now fans who still have their tickets to the cancelled show can cash them in for a free ticket to The Who’s Providence show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on February 26, 2013.
Tickets are being offered up not by the band but the venue, whose General Manager Lawrence Lepore first announced the unique offer on-air at Providence’s WPRO-AM last week (July 19). At that time, he asked fans who still had tickets from The Who’s cancelled 1979 show to call in. No one did.
However, Lepore is confident that “somewhere, someplace, someone’s got it stashed” – and the venue will find a way to get them in. 1979 ticketholders can call his office for the exchange, at which point the vintage tickets will be auctioned to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.
One commenter on the Providence Journal website claimed to own four tickets from the ’79 show and have been offered as much as $1,000 for all four. The most expensive ticket at the 1979 show cost $14; meanwhile, tickets for February’s show range from $57.50 through $127.50.
Tickets for The Who at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence go on sale July 27th via Ticketmaster. The band has not played Providence since 1975.
The Who will kick off their 37-date North American Quadrophenia tour, announced last week, on November 1st. The British rockers will provide the finale to the London Olympics’ closing ceremony on August 12th.