The ‘Who’ Stampede

Sink full of dirty dishes, trash not taken out, living room a mess, stacks of old newspapers…from twenty years ago! — Child welfare agent, “Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily”

When long-haired rockers The Who arrived in Cincinnati in 1979, people came out in droves to see them. Approximately 18,000 fans pressed into just five entrances once the doors were opened.

The swell of bodies left 11 crushed to death. According to the cheery folks over at, there was indeed a 12th victim: safety.

Of course, history repeats itself. Three years later, about 300 people died in a crush at a Belarusian soccer match. And there have been dozens of similar incidents since.

Whew! Rough post. On a lighter note: Poco! Say what you will about these pansies, but one thing’s for sure: they do not have enough fans to put together any kind of stampede.

Note that the band was co-founded by Jim Messina of Garfunkel, Messina, Oates, and Lisa fame. In addition to sucking, Poco also pioneered the practice of drummers wearing jeans:

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