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(Wikipedia)   On this day in 1979, right around this hour, The Who concert in Cincinnati devolved into a stampede due to 'festival seating', killing 11 concertgoers and resulting in a memorable WKRP episode   ( en.m.wikipedia.org) divider line
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2017-12-03 09:10:21 PM  
I don't remember the event, but I remember the episode well. it was quite dramatic. They did a good job of storytelling on that one.
 
2017-12-03 09:11:14 PM  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSeWE​C​Db3YM
WKRP in Cincinnati S02E19 In Concert
Youtube qSeWECDb3YM
 
2017-12-03 09:20:54 PM  

feckingmorons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSeWE​C​Db3YM[YouTube video: WKRP in Cincinnati S02E19 In Concert]


That episode of WKRP simultaneously turned me on to The Who, classic rock in general, and made my 12-year-old ass scared shiatless of rock music.

Two years later I attended Black Sabbath's "Mob Rules" tour on St Patricks Day at the Checkerdome in St. Louis, stoned out of my skull with three friends. And it was the best thing I had ever seen in my life.
 
2017-12-03 09:23:37 PM  
I had three friends that were there. Two both look on it as a life changing event.
 
2017-12-03 09:26:37 PM  
Time to play some Bill Evans, I've not listened to him in a long time.

Venus Flytrap plays Bill Evans' Remember The Rain in the closing part of the show after announcing the candlelight vigil in the episode.
 
2017-12-03 09:45:26 PM  
I was in college when the "I'd walk over you to see The Who" event happened.
 
2017-12-03 09:47:22 PM  
'That's my story an I'm sticking to it' is a phrase I've used since that 'KRP episode.
 
2017-12-03 09:52:47 PM  
God as my witness, I thought people could teleport.
 
2017-12-03 11:50:15 PM  
It wasn't so much festival seating that was the problem as it was poor crowd control and too few entrance points.  When you crowd people too much and the crowd gets agitated, behavioral feedback loops begin and things escalate quickly.
 
2017-12-04 12:15:10 AM  
Who was the band at the concert?
 
2017-12-04 12:18:15 AM  
Knock Knock. . .
 
2017-12-04 12:28:35 AM  

Summoner101: Who was the band at the concert?


Yes.
 
2017-12-04 12:31:57 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Summoner101: Who was the band at the concert?

Yes.


So the name of the band on stage is Yes?
 
2017-12-04 12:34:42 AM  

Summoner101: So the name of the band on stage is Yes?


No, Who is on stage.
 
2017-12-04 12:35:24 AM  

Ivo Shandor: Summoner101: So the name of the band on stage is Yes?

No, Who is on stage.


Whadya askin' me for!?
 
2017-12-04 12:41:03 AM  
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/Yes is not even at this concert
 
2017-12-04 12:57:48 AM  
The stampede was actually people rushing for the chance to meet Bailey Quarters.
 
2017-12-04 01:35:45 AM  
It was last time they covered Sinatra song
 
2017-12-04 01:40:35 AM  
I went to the first 'festival seating' ticketed event held in the area after the 1979 Who concert. 
It was a No Doubt, Goo Goo Dolls, and Bush in 1996.
 
2017-12-04 06:46:04 AM  
It wasn't a stampede. That implies movement. It was a crush. Too many people pushing to get into too small an opening.  We were being crushed into the unopened doors, too few of which were open, and they couldn't open more because they opened outward. I didn't walk in, I was "carried" by the crowd.

I was too stupid to be scared. My date was pulled away from me by the crowd, and I was pulled out of the mess into the building by a security guard.

Once inside, the floor was crazy. It looked like waves going back and forth as the crowd pushed to the stage. Damn crazy night in retrospect.
 
2017-12-04 07:09:29 AM  

Kid Shelleen: It wasn't a stampede. That implies movement. It was a crush. Too many people pushing to get into too small an opening.  We were being crushed into the unopened doors, too few of which were open, and they couldn't open more because they opened outward. I didn't walk in, I was "carried" by the crowd.

I was too stupid to be scared. My date was pulled away from me by the crowd, and I was pulled out of the mess into the building by a security guard.

Once inside, the floor was crazy. It looked like waves going back and forth as the crowd pushed to the stage. Damn crazy night in retrospect.


I got caught in a "riot" years ago after my college basketball team lost in the Final Four.   Thousands of students poured into the downtown area near my apartment and I stepped out to check it out.   I remember I walked about 20 feet from my doorway when suddenly the crowd surged and I was lifted up vertically with my feet about a foot off the ground.  I must have moved 10-15 away from where I was picked up and I panicked.  As soon as my feet hit the ground again I made my way to the edge of the crowd and went back in side.   I then watched a bunch of dumbasses break windows, tear down streetlights, and get teargassed.

Very scary feeling.
 
2017-12-04 08:03:41 AM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Kid Shelleen: It wasn't a stampede. That implies movement. It was a crush. Too many people pushing to get into too small an opening.  We were being crushed into the unopened doors, too few of which were open, and they couldn't open more because they opened outward. I didn't walk in, I was "carried" by the crowd.

I was too stupid to be scared. My date was pulled away from me by the crowd, and I was pulled out of the mess into the building by a security guard.

Once inside, the floor was crazy. It looked like waves going back and forth as the crowd pushed to the stage. Damn crazy night in retrospect.

I got caught in a "riot" years ago after my college basketball team lost in the Final Four.   Thousands of students poured into the downtown area near my apartment and I stepped out to check it out.   I remember I walked about 20 feet from my doorway when suddenly the crowd surged and I was lifted up vertically with my feet about a foot off the ground.  I must have moved 10-15 away from where I was picked up and I panicked.  As soon as my feet hit the ground again I made my way to the edge of the crowd and went back in side.   I then watched a bunch of dumbasses break windows, tear down streetlights, and get teargassed.

Very scary feeling.


THIS BEAUTY SUPPLY SHOP ASSURED ME OF VICTORY!  I HAVE BEEN DUPED! VENGEANCE IS MINE!
 
2017-12-04 09:17:32 AM  
I saw The Who in the spring of 1980. The line to get in to the show was single file and well patrolled.  And incredibly long.  I also remember after Riverfront the mayor of Hartford, CT canceling a scheduled Who show there.  Because "After two shows they are averaging 5.5 deaths per show.  It's not worth it"  Even 16 year old me knew that was stupid thing to say
 
2017-12-04 09:38:36 AM  
Could've sworn this happened on my Birthday, Dec 3rd. Funny, I was (still am) a big Who fan and I was 16 at the time. My friends all chipped in and got me the two album set (The Kids Are Alright Soundtrack) and then the news hit that people were killed at the concert. It kinda put a damper on things, but that album, was a huge influence in my musical life.
 
2017-12-04 09:42:30 AM  
I had friends that went and I had a t-shirt from the concert but didn't go. What a sad day.
 
2017-12-04 10:01:11 AM  

jj325: I saw The Who in the spring of 1980. The line to get in to the show was single file and well patrolled.  And incredibly long.  I also remember after Riverfront the mayor of Hartford, CT canceling a scheduled Who show there.  Because "After two shows they are averaging 5.5 deaths per show.  It's not worth it"  Even 16 year old me knew that was stupid thing to say


That same year, 12 people were killed in crushes in crowds assembled to see Pope JPII.

And he didn't even have a hit single at the time.
 
Ant
2017-12-04 10:12:31 AM  

Summoner101: Ivo Shandor: Summoner101: Who was the band at the concert?

Yes.

So the name of the band on stage is Yes?


Guess Who
 
2017-12-04 10:15:10 AM  
There was no stampede. People were crushed. If I remember correctly, the cause of death for all the victims was asphyxiation. There simply wasn't enough room for people to expand their chests to inhale.
 
2017-12-04 10:17:36 AM  
 
2017-12-04 10:18:32 AM  
I remember watching the news about that concert.
A few years later I remember The Who announcing their 'retirement' & having 178 'farewell concerts' that have basically continued to this day.
 
2017-12-04 11:40:08 AM  

oldfarthenry: I remember watching the news about that concert.
A few years later I remember The Who announcing their 'retirement' & having 178 'farewell concerts' that have basically continued to this day.


They were scheduled to play in Buffalo either right after the Cincinnati show or at least shortly thereafter.  Had the sads for a while along with a large number of friends.
Did go the "Farewell" tour in 82, crowd was well behaved for an all day event, even the "edgy" Clash fans.
 
amb
2017-12-04 11:41:18 AM  
I was at a Who concert once, well about 1.5-2 miles from one, but I could hear it pretty well. They played in Boulder at Folsom Field. I was at my Grandma's house up by Chautauqua. It must have been deafening to anyone on campus.
 
2017-12-04 11:57:35 AM  
I saw U2 a couple years ago, and a lady at church told me this story......her friend owns the security company that does events there.  the time allotted for the soundcheck, let's was from 5 to 6 with the doors opening at 630, show at 730 (times approximate of course).

the soundcheck does not go well. U2's people go to the event folks, beg for more time for the soundcheck.  Event people give them 10 extra minutes.  Soundcheck stil isn't quite right.  Band asks for more time.  The Fire Marshal gets involved.  Told U2's people, 'folks, we have 10-12 thousand people lining up already.  I can't have 17,000 people ingressing in 30 minutes.  Those doors are opening at 630, period.  And I can shut this even down, period, if there's a crowd safety issue."

U2's folks backed down....
 
2017-12-04 12:19:15 PM  
I was there. we had reserved seats, though, so I missed the crush. We had experienced the same at the Led Zeppelin concert the year before. It was all the Coliseum's fault. Jackasses.
 
2017-12-04 12:54:32 PM  
I grew up calling it "riot seating."
 
2017-12-04 01:04:48 PM  
Was at a Who show at Anaheim Stadium.  Tail end of the 60s. A similar event occurred when they opened the gates, waves of people being pushed to and fro in massive numbers at the too-small entrance we were at.
 fortunately , no one was killed or trampled underfoot.

good show, though

/Leon Russell
//John Sebastian
///Blues Image
 
2017-12-04 01:30:53 PM  

Wanebo: I had three friends that were there. Two both look on it as a life changing event.


My ex-wife was there. The wrong people got trampled.

From what I understand, not many even were aware of that happening - even the band.
 
2017-12-04 03:18:21 PM  

Farkomatic: From what I understand, not many even were aware of that happening - even the band.


Yup. they weren't told until afterwards. Pete or Roger would later say in the immediate aftermath that had they been told, they would have cancelled the show.

Pearl Jam had this happen too;  Roskilde 2000.  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/new​s​/nine-dead-at-pearl-jam-concert-200008​17

they were told during the show that the crowd was getting too crazy (it is in the article), with Eddie stopping the music to tell everyone to take a few steps back*, but they weren't told people had been killed until after the concert had ended.

*in a lighter note, there are some 70's Grateful Dead shows where usually Bobby would, between songs, say eveyrone needed to 'take a step back....*rimshot*  and another step back.....there are people here at the fron with with their eyes popping out...."  on GD setlists you'll sometimes see "Take A Step Back".


12. Take a Step Back/Tuning - Grateful Dead - Barton Hall - 5.8.77 Set II
Youtube LqR4rzPAGzQ


one such example.  5/8/77, said to be possibly the band's greatest single show (i prefer 5/9/77 and 5/7 over  5/8 but that's just me....)
 
2017-12-04 03:41:35 PM  
We were disappointed at the end of the show, as the Who did what we thought was a pretty short encore. Didn;t hear the news until listening to the radio on the way home. at first we thought it was a bad joke by our local radio station (WEBN of fireworks fame) but returned home to some very concerned folks.
 
2017-12-04 05:13:51 PM  
I wonder if Weird Al Yankovic still does that song?
 
2017-12-04 05:29:48 PM  
I went to an Outlaws/Molly Hatchet show the weekend after the Who incident. It was eerie, like everyone was walking on eggshells.
 
2017-12-04 07:55:12 PM  
There was a guy in my dorm with a "I stepped on you to see the Who" T-shirt.  And yes, he was at the concert.
 
2017-12-04 11:00:33 PM  
We saw The Who at the Montreal Forum on the Quadrophenia tour (1973/4?). No issues at all with pushing, shoving or craziness trying to get inside. It was very well organized and incident free.

/saw Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull as well
 
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