Watch trailer below – WCPO To Air Documentary About Cincinnati Who Concert Tragedy on 40th Anniversary airing Dec. 3 “This is something I will surely remember on my death bed’
By: WCPO staff CINCINNATI — WCPO.com is providing four days of coverage about The Who’s Cincinnati concert in 1979 – including a one-hour TV documentary.
Pete Townshend seems to play the fool sometimes with his outspokenness, but not when he’s talking about The Who concert in Cincinnati 40 years ago.
The brutally frank rock star said he will take the memory of Dec. 3, 1979, and his sorrow for the victims and compassion for their families to his grave.
“This is something I will surely remember on my death bed,” Townshend said in an exclusive, face-to-face interview with WCPO Anchor Tanya O’Rourke. “At 74, people are starting to die faster in my life now … I’ve only maybe got 20, 30, 40 people that I remember who’ve passed in my life I really care about, but you know, the 11 of Cincinnati are part of that number.”
Townshend, Daltrey and the band’s manager, Bill Curbishley, share their remembrances in a one-hour WCPO documentary, “The Who: The Night That Changed Rock,” airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WCPO Channel 9 and streamed on WCPO.com. A companion podcast will be available Dec. 4, as well an expanded documentary on the WCPO app on streaming devices.
Townshend said he still carries deep regrets. Among his revelations that at 34, he was too drunk most of the time to quickly come to grips with what happened.
Townshend said he believes The Who should not have gone on with the Cincinnati show after the 11 young people died in a crush of fans waiting outside on the plaza, even though the band didn’t know about it until the concert was over and they came off stage.
And he feels even more strongly that The Who made a mistake by leaving town the next day and immediately continuing their tour.