On Dec. 3, 1979, 11 young people were killed before The Who concert started at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. Band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey share detailed personal accounts of what happened, and the pain of the losses they have lived with for 40 years.
WCPO, Scripps ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, is airing an hour-long documentary about what happened on Dec. 3, 1979, when 11 young people were killed before The Who concert started at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
The Who: The Night that Changed Rock will air on WCPO on Tuesday night at 8 and stream live on wcpo.com.
The Who band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey share their detailed personal accounts of what happened, and the pain of the losses they have lived with for 40 years.
“You know, I’m still traumatized by it,” says Townshend. “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.”
“That dreadful night of the third of December became one of the worst dreams I’ve had in my life,” recounts Daltrey.
“Dec. 3, 1979, didn’t just change some details at rock concerts. That night changed the lives of many in our region,” said Mike Canan, WCPO senior director of local content.
“This documentary is an unprecedented effort to tell the story of that one night and its impacts. I’m proud of our team’s work in commemorating those who were lost that night.”
Survivors of that night and family members of some of the victims also provide new and chilling accounts of the crowd crush responsible for the deaths. They share intimate details of their loved ones to mark 40 years since the event.
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