On this date in 1979, eleven fans of The Who were killed prior to the concert at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum. Riverfront still had general admission festival seating, a practice that had been banned in most other cities. I’m a big fan of The Who, ranking them just behind The Beatles as my favorite rock groups.
When I went to see Paul McCartney & Wings at The Summit in Houston in 1976 (the Wings Over America tour), general admission festival seating was in use. I was a junior at Texas A&M University at the time, so I took the bus from College Station to Houston on the Thursday before the Saturday night concert. I camped out in front of The Summit from Thursday night through Saturday night; my aunt from Tomball, Texas, stopped by to bring me food.
As the concert time neared, the crowd got larger and larger, and those of us in front were smashed up against the doors and windows. I swore then that I was never going to go to another concert, or I’d be rich enough to have reserved seats. When the fans at The Who concert were killed, I thought to myself that the same thing could easily have happened at The Summit.
For today’s Music on Mondays, here are my three favorite songs by The Who: “Love, Reign O’er Me” from the album Quadrophenia, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from the album Who’s Next? and “Pinball Wizard” from the album Tommy.
LIKE if love has reigned o’er you, you have been fooled, or you’ve played pinball!
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