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The Who are “traumatised” about crush killed fans at their show in 1979


Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have been discussing the traumatising after-effects of a deadly crush that killed their young fans at a concert for The Who.

Remembering the incident on its 40th anniversary, Daltrey and Townshend have recalled the events which took place at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum on December 3rd, 1979.

Opening up as part of a feature on Cincinnati’s WCPO, Townshend admitted: “I’m still traumatised by it,” in reference to the accident which left 11 people dead.

“It’s a weird thing to have in your autobiography that, you know, 11 kids died at one of your concerts. It’s a strange, disturbing, heavy load to carry,” the guitarist added.

Of those that died, the who fans were ages just 15-27. After getting caught up in a crowd who pushed through to enter the building, Daltrey added: “That dreadful night of the third of December became one of the worst dreams I’ve had in my life.”

See a clip, below.

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