The seeds for the Who’s 2006 return were sown in a conversation between University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur and former Leeds University ents secretary and BBC Radio 3 presenter, Andy Kershaw, when Andy came to Leeds last year to accept an honorary degree.
As they stood on the Refectory stage after the graduation, Professor Arthur told him of plans to celebrate the venue and commemorate the historic concert with a blue plaque.
Andy Kershaw said: “By sheer coincidence, just two weeks after speaking to Professor Arthur in Leeds about their plans, I met the band’s manager Bill Curbishley backstage at WOMAD. I told Bill I thought it would be great if we got some members of the band to unveil the plaque. Then I said, ‘and while they’re there….’ Bill finished my sentence: ‘they’ll do it’, he said. And so the idea of a concert began.
“With the band deciding on a world tour in 2006, everything fell into place. What better place to start the tour than the venue which cemented The Who’s reputation as the best live rock band of their time?”
Professor Arthur said: “Leeds has had its Nobel prize-winners and other eminent academic achievements, but the Live at Leeds concert by the Who is an equally important part of the University’s history.”