Blue plaque unveiling
It was hardly a scene that screamed ‘Rock and Roll’, as Peter Townshend and Roger Daltrey lounged outside the Refectory, laughing and joking with journalists and University staff, but it was certainly an image that no one would forget. Both Townshend and Daltrey were in jubilant spirits, clearly delighted to be back in Leeds after 36 years.
With a cup of tea in his hand, Daltrey seemed comfortable and relaxed, despite the hoards of photographers and camera crews encircling them and the army of fans, enthusiastically waiting for their idols to make the historic unveiling.
The two rock legends were joined by Kevin Grady from the Civic Trust, Andy Kershaw and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur.
A huge cheer went up as the curtains went back, revealing the prestigious blue plaque, which commemorates the thrilling Valentines Day concert of 1970, and honours the refectory as a legendary concert venue.
Daltrey and Townshend thanked the University of Leeds; both for inviting them to play the original gig and for inviting them back.
“Without those unions to play to play, the venues were thin on the ground, so my big thanks to Leeds for being there” said Roger Daltrey.
Townshend added: “This is the perfect, perfect venue to start this
tour. I’m so happy and so made up to be here.”
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