Photo: Ross HalfinOn Wednesday, The Who announced plans to mount a new North American tour this fall and winter that will include a performance of the band's classic 1973 double-album, Quadrophenia, in its entirety. The final stop on the British rock legends' 30-plus-show itinerary is a February 26, 2013, date in Providence, Rhode Island, which marks the first time the group will play in the city since 1975.
As hard-core fans know, The Who did schedule a concert in Providence in 1979, but the city's mayor at the time canceled it after the tragic trampling deaths that occurred at the band's show that same year in Cincinnati. Now, Providence's Dunkin Donuts Center, the venue hosting this February's Who show, has announced that anyone still holding a ticket from the canceled 1979 Providence gig will be able to trade it for a pass to the upcoming concert.
The arena's general manager, Larry Lepore, tells ABC News Radio that any original ticket that's redeemed for the February show will be donated to the Rhode Island chapter of the Special Olympics, which could then auction off the collectibles. Lepore says he's heard that the vintage tickets could go for as much as $1,000 each.
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