Fans Of The Who Allowed To Exchange Tickets From Cancelled Concert… 33 Years Later

Back in 1979, a little band out of the UK called The Who was slated to play a show in Providence, Rhode Island. But after 11 people were killed during a stampede at a Who show in Ohio, the venue nixed the concert. In a few months, that same band will be playing that same venue, and folks who still have tickets to that cancelled performance are being allowed to exchange them for seats at the upcoming show.

The folks at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center say that in addition to allowing jilted 1979 concertgoers to exchange tickets, they will be taking any of the old tickets it receives and donating them to the Special Olympics of Rhode Island for an eBay auction.

Granted, since most people either got refunds on their tickets after the show was cancelled or simply lost the ticket in the three decades since, only 14 tickets were turned in yesterday.

One person who successfully exchanged his ticket says he had previously gotten refunds on most of the second-row seats he’d purchased in 1979, but chose to keep one in a binder as a memento.

Another man said he had to dig through boxes of his old items to find the 1979 ticket in a collection with 65 other concert tickets from over the years.

The Who fans trade in 1979 tickets 33 years later


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  1. NeverLetMeDown2 says:


    Lost: 20 tickets in revenue, $2000 tops
    Gained: Lots of publicity. Value: a whole lot more than $2k.

  2. nybiker says:

    When I read about this earlier today, I had to go and confirm it actually indicated the joint as a DD place. Well, that’s another brand I will no longer be patronizing.

    /yes, I am aware that I am cutting off my nose to spite my face, but naming rights are bad, IMHO.

    • George4478 says:

      Am I missing something here that Dunkin’ Donuts is doing wrong?

      Or are you boycotting any company that buys naming rights to a facility?

      • StarKillerX says:

        You beat me to it, I was going to ask the same thing.

      • Libertas1 says:

        That’s why I’ll never go to the Sprint Center in KCMO. They paid millions for the naming rights, and turned around and laid off hundreds the next week.

    • MathMan aka Random Talker says:

      nybiker, ever been to Citi Field or MetLife Stadium? :o)

    • dpeters11 says:

      If you come to Cincinnati, avoid Great American Ballpark then, near the location of The Who incident mentioned. It’s actually one of the best named stadiums in the country in terms of corporate naming.

    • Rexy does not like the new system says:

      So by that logic, you also can’t support Petco, AT&T, Kodak, Sports Authority, Coors, Miller Lite, Minute Maid, Target, PNC, Tropicana, Air Canada, American Airlines, HP, Pepsi, Scottrade, Staples, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Xcel, Amway, Fedex, United, US Airways, Time Warner, BofA, CenturyLink, Ford, Gillette, Heinz, Mercedes, Sun Life, and much more…

      • spartan says:

        Please bear with me as I stir up a little shit here:

        What about places that are ambiguously named?

        Wrigley Field is named after an individual, but he named his chewing gum brand after himself, so the stadium is indirectly named after the gum.

        Also Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium are named after the ballclubs, which of course are pretty big corporations in their own right>

        • Rexy does not like the new system says:

          I was just going for the obviously named ones. See the “and much more” at the end of my comment.

    • Reno Raines says:

      Oh noes! A company stupidly spent lots of money to put their name on an event venue. Sounds like the worst thing to happen EVER.

    • JJFIII says:

      Enter text…

  3. Rainicorn with baby bats says:


  4. mulch says:

    I’d really rather have seen them before Entwhistle was dead (cocaine and the aging heart) and Townsend had his “I was just researching” kiddie porn arrest.

    • GMFish says:

      Anyone familiar with Pete Townshend’s lyrics really should not have been surprised by his alleged porn, er… troubles.

  5. RxDude says:

    The venue didn’t cancel the 1979 show. The city government did.

  6. shea6408 says:

    How much are the original tickets worth on the collectors’ market? Might have been better off selling the original, buying a new one, and you’d still have money left over.

  7. PragmaticGuy says:

    This is no problem as most of the people who will go see the concert are way too old to riot or cause problems.

  8. JJFIII says:

    Yes how horrible that a business should ADVERTISE. I guess you boycott all companies that advertise?

  9. BeelzeBob says:

    I hope that someday McNeil Healthcare will purchase naming rights to a sports facility and use it to promote their signature product.