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Hey! It’s that song from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation!

“Who Are You”, composed by Pete Townshend, is the title track on The Who’s 1978 release, Who Are You, the last album released before drummer Keith Moon’s death in September 1978. Moon died just under a month after its release, and on the cover, he is shown sitting in a chair ironically labelled “Not to be taken away”. Moon had insisted on sitting in the chair with the back to the camera so as to hide his distended stomach, the result of his alcoholism. But I digress…

The lyrics begin with a true incident, courtesy of Pete’s alcoholism. He claims he really did “wake up in a Soho doorway”, and a policeman recognized him and advised him to go home.

Beware of the F-word sung at 2:14 and 4:27 if you’re at work.

The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard Album Charts. The release that blocked it from being their first (and only) #1? The soundtrack to Grease.

Guitar Moves host and general six-string strummer Matt Sweeney talks with Jim D’Addario, CEO of D’Addario Strings and descendent from a lineage of Italian string makers dating back to at least the 1600s. We learn how electric guitar strings are made and about the pivotal role D’Addario strings have played in that iconic 60′s rock sound, the British Invasion, and the rise of guitar in post-war America, the UK, and the world.

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WEBN’s archive news coverage of The Who tragedy at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati on 12/03/79.

Eleven fans (Teva Ladd, 27; Walter Adams, Jr., 22; James Warmoth, 21; Phillip Snyder, 20; David Heck, 19; Tyler Corcoram, 19; Peter Bowes, 18; Connie Burns, 18; Bryan Wagner, 17; Karen Morrison, 15; and Jacqueline Eckerle, 15) were killed by compressive asphyxia. Twenty-three other fans were injured in the rush for seating at the opening of the sold-out concert.

Attending the performance were a total of 18,348 ticketed fans. Just 3,578 of the tickets were for reserved seats, while 14,770 tickets were for unassigned seats or general admission, also known as festival seating. The benefit of unassigned seating is that a concertgoer could get a great seat, if he or she was determined enough to either arrive early, or push to the front; however, this proved deadly on the night of the concert. Many fans arrived early, and waited outside the Riverfront Coliseum in bitter-cold conditions. As the crowd heard the band performing a late sound check, many mistakenly believed the concert was beginning. This began a rush toward the entryway doors from the back of the crowd, causing some at the front of the crowd to be trampled as those pushing from behind were unaware the doors were still closed. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that only a few doors were in operation that night. According to some reports, the building management had limited the number of entryways due to union restrictions, as well as concern for concertgoers sneaking past the ticket turnstiles. The band members of The Who only learned what had happened after their performance ended. The families of the victims sued the band, concert promoter Electric Factory Concerts, and the city of Cincinnati. The suits were settled in 1983, awarding each of the families of the deceased approximately $150,000, and approximately $750,000 to be divided among the 23 injured. The city of Cincinnati also imposed a ban on festival seating, with minor exceptions, for the next 25 years

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