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After 33 years, The Who finally perform in Providence

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It was a concert 33 years in the making. The Who finally played Providence Tuesday night.

The rock band was scheduled to perform in the city in December 1979. But the show was canceled over safety concerns after 11 people died in a stampede before a concert by The Who in Ohio.

Tuesday marked the first time the band had been back.

And some people, who planned to go to the show in 1979, finally got their chance. "I saved my ticket in hopes I'd get to see them again. And low and behold, by the grace of god, here I am again," Karen Charette of Fall River told NBC 10.

She was one of a few dozen people who turned in their original concert tickets from 1979 for a free ticket to this show. The Dunkin Donuts Center announced last year that it would honor the old tickets.

Stephen Ball traveled from Virginia to attend Tuesday's concert. His sister Louise came from Tennessee. Louise said, "It's great. I love The Who because my brother turned me onto them way back. And I'm psyched to see them tonight."

The siblings had planned to go to the 1979 show together. "We were totally bummed out," Stephen said of the concert being canceled back then. He kept the tickets in a shoe box. "Just souvenirs that I had tickets to the show Buddy Cianci canceled," he said."

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