Headed up by Rick Schweitzer (who was at the concert), the WCTMC’s goal is to memorialize the 11 young victims with a permanent marker placed at the plaza level of US Bank Arena (then known as Riverfront Coliseum), where the horrible events of Dec. 3, 1979, unfolded. This Friday — the 31st anniversary of the tragedy — the Committee presents two events and will unveil plans for the marker.
At 7 p.m., 11 “Lanterns of Remembrance” will be lit at the site (between the arena and the baseball stadium) to honor the victims. At 8 p.m. inside the nearby Longworth Hall (700 W Pete Rose Way, Downtown), WNKU’s Craig Kopp (then with concert sponsor WEBN) discusses the night he covered the concert and ensuing mayhem; others will also share their experiences and thoughts on the new memorial.
Both events are free and open to the public. Look for the “Who Concert Tragedy Memorial” page on Facebook for the latest updates.
Blazing Comeback Trails Collide
Friday at the Northside Tavern is your chance to witness the latest phases of evolution in the rebirth of two bands with Cincinnati ties. The Long Gones reunited a couple of years ago for their first show in a decade. The powerful Garage Punk crew — which released a single and full-length on Shake It Records before folding in 1998 (a Long Gones compilation was issued by the label in 2008) — promised new music following the reunion and Friday the band issues its first new material in over a decade. The Tear You Apart 7-inch single — featuring recording help from members of The Greenhornes, Pearlene and Cut in the Hill Gang — contains three tracks and is being issued on limited-edition colored vinyl.
The Long Gones’ return two years ago put the band onstage with The Customs, the ahead-of-its-time group that laid the groundwork for a local Punk scene in the late ’70s and was also reuniting to celebrate a new re-issue. (The group’s most famous song, “Long Gone,” gave the younger band its name.) Fittingly, Peter Greenberg — guitarist for The Customs, as well as Boston pioneers DMZ and The Lyres — is playing Friday’s show with another reconstituted band from his past, the Soul Funk ensemble Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, which formed in Boston in the early ’80s. The modern Savages incarnation — featuring local musicians Jim Cole (also formerly of The Customs, as well as the like-minded Auburnaires) and Andy Jody (The Long Gones, Oxford Cotton) — is recording a new album in Covington for an overseas release in March with probable tour dates to follow. Between sessions, Greenberg (who also plays on the new Long Gones single) and the gang perform again on Dec. 11, doing two sets at The Comet in Northside.
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