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THE WHO is, in my opinion, the second best band of the BRITISH INVASION era. Only THE BEATLES gave us more great songs over their career and nobody has ever put on more bombastic live performances than the mighty, mighty WHO. Yes, THE WHO are (gasp!) bigger and better than THE ROLLING STONES. Whomever named THE ROLLING STONES the greatest rock and roll band in the world was simply wrong. THE WHO are the greatest rock and roll band in the world and no doubt about it, they’ve officially locked down the coolest band of 2012 with this maneuver.

Hell, I still have concert stubs from thirty plus years ago!

It’s not unusual for touring bands to honor tickets from canceled shows at subsequent re-scheduled dates  –  unless, of course, those re-scheduled shows take place more than three decades later.

The Who announced yesterday that they will embark on a tour dubbed ‘Quadrophenia and More’ this fall, performing the landmark ‘Quadrophenia’ album in its entirety along with other selections from the band’s classic catalog. One of those concerts is scheduled for Providence, R.I., where then-Mayor Buddy Cianci canceled the Who’s 1979 performance after 11 fans were trampled and killed at a Who gig in Cincinnati.

According to the Boston Herald, General Manager Lawrence Lepore of the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence announced on a local radio show Thursday that the venue will honor any remaining tickets from that canceled show. He said refunds were issued for the concert in 1979, but noted that sometimes fans hold onto tickets as memorabilia.

Lepore said that any tickets from 1979 that are redeemed will be donated to help raise money for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

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