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Who tickets from 1979 to be honored in Providence

July 19, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Fans still holding tickets for a canceled 1979 show by British rock band The Who can finally use them.

The Who's 1979 concert in Providence was canceled by then-Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) after a stampede before a show in Cincinnati killed 11 people. The Who hasn't been to the Rhode Island city since.

The band is scheduled to play in February at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Arena General Manager Lawrence Lepore says the venue will honor tickets from that canceled 1979 show. He first made the offer on WPRO-AM on Thursday.

Lepore says they gave refunds for the canceled show in 1979, but people sometimes hold on to tickets as memorabilia.

Any 1979 tickets redeemed will be donated to the Special Olympics of Rhode Island to help raise money.

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