The Who Talks Cincinnati Tragedy For ‘The Night That Changed Rock’ Documentary


December 3 marks the 40th anniversary of a horrific event that took place at The Who‘s concert in Cincinnati, where a stampede at entry led to the death of 11 concertgoers at Riverfront Coliseum. Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO will premiere a documentary about the tragedy entitled The Night That Changed Rock featuring new interviews with The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend at 8 p.m. ET on December 3.

“That dreadful night of the third of December became one of the worst dreams I’ve ever had in my life,” Daltrey said as part of his interview for the hourlong presentation. “I’m still very traumatized by it,” added Townshend. “It’s a weird thing to have in your autobiography that 11 kids died at one of your concerts. It’s a strange, disturbing, heavy load to carry.”

WCPO’s Tanya O’Rourke hosts the special and spoke with Daltrey and Townshend as well as Tho Who manager Bill Curbishley before the band’s October concert in Seattle. “Despite everything,” said Curbishley, who made the decision for the show to go on after the incident, “I still feel inadequate. I don’t know about the guys, but for me, I left a little bit of my soul in Cincinnati.”

In addition to the broadcast, WCPO will stream the documentary live on December 3 at 8 p.m. via the station’s website. Watch a trailer for the documentary below: