It’s unlikely many people who were at the Astroworld music festival Friday in Houston were around in 1979 or are familiar with the music of The Who. It is clear no one who helped organize the mass of humanity at NRG Park learned any of the lessons from that band’s notorious crowd-surge tragedy either.

While the indoor event four decades ago at Riverfront Coliseum featuring a classic rock band and the outdoor multi-act festival does not have a lot of similarities, they share an important one — a lack of forethought about what could happen if the crowd got out of control. In both cases, once crowd control efforts failed was too late to prevent a tragedy.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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