The Who Live at Leeds

The beginning - 14/02/70
The plan - 06/07/05The return - 16/07/06

Media coverage

View galleryLive at Leeds 2 hit the media in a big way.

The story captured the imagination of the media not just in the UK, but across the world. The news was covered by Newsnight, Sky News, The Times, the Independent and the Observer, to name just a few.

Reports appeared across the pond in The New York Times and on CBC television in Canada. The story was even covered Down Under by the ABC network in Australia, and the good news spread to the press in Greece, Austria and even Taiwan.

A selection of newspaper cuttings can be seen below, along with a list of further media coverage from the UK and around the world.

Selection of newspaper cuttings

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National Coverage

The Who's triumphant return to Leeds was broadcast on BBC News and News 24 bulletins throughout Saturday 17 June. The plaque unveiling was also broadcast live on Sky and BBC News 24. See below for BBC links to video clips from the concert and the blue plaque unveiling on the steps of the refectory, and for links to international media coverage.

BBC news - 17 June
The Who recreate 1970 Leeds gig Rockers thrill their generation

BBC News – 19 June
Press views: The Who in Leeds
BBC News, UK - 19 Jun 2006 Veteran rock band The Who have launched their latest tour by recreating their legendary Leeds University concert of 1970. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend unveiled a plaque at the university before Saturday's gig.

BBC Radio 4 - 24 June
Andy Kershaw's 'School of rock' series

ITV – 19 June
The Who back at Leeds
The Who have once again rocked the venue where they first recorded their seminal album Live At Leeds. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend also unveiled a plaque at Leeds University to commemorate the gig.

The Observer – 18 June
The Who re-enact a classic student gig
John Standerline helped put on the show that became a legendary album. Yesterday he saw their return. 'We're all back,' shouted Pete ...,,1800463,00.html

The Sunday Times – 18 June
The Who rock back to scene of their greatest triumph
The Who returned to the scene of arguably their greatest live performance last night, 36 years after the event, performing to a new gg-generation of fans.,,2087-2230999,00.html

Sunday Express - 18 June
Look Who's back

The Times - 19 June
First night reviews: The Who
David Sinclair at Leeds University Union,,14936-2232288.html

Don't fret, says Townshend - I've trashed my last guitar
By Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent,,2-2231891.html

Leader: Antiques roadshow,,542-2231911,00.html

The Independent - 19 June
The Who come to life again at Leeds
Pierre Perrone reviewed the Who's return to the University of Leeds

The Guardian – 19 June
Leeds University
Hours after a blue plaque is unveiled to mark the site of the original Live at Leeds gig in 1970, Pete Townshend steps up to the mic to make his own carefully ...,,1800529,00.html

The Guardian – 19 June
The Who re-enact a classic student gig
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 19 Jun 2006
John Standerline helped put on the show that became a legendary album. Yesterday he saw their return. 'We're all back,' shouted Pete ...,,1800468,00.html

The Guardian - 20 June
Higher diary,,1801011,00.html

The Guardian - 26 June
The Who's concert at the University of Leeds last Saturday has been given 8/10, based on rating from the three national newspapers. The Guardian describes the night as one of "emotion, raw passion and the creeping sense of history being made again," while the Independent claim the band "still talk to every generation."

The Guardian - 27 June
Readers have written in with their most annoying 'earworms', tunes that get stuck in you head. Alan Gent saw The Who in 1970 at the University of Leeds and has had a piece of My Generation in his head ever since.,,1806937,00.html

The Daily Telegraph - 22 June
Hope I don't have a heart attack

The Sun – 19 June
I'm sorry, brew are you?
The Who’s Roger Daltrey shows the band’s hell-raising days are well behind them as he sips a mug of TEA after a gig.,,2-2006280078,00.html

The Sun - 21 July
Almost like '65 again
The Who are set to relase their first new album since 1982 and 41 years since the band first played the famous lyrics "hope I die before I get old." The release comes after the band's recent re-visit to the University of Leeds.,,2006140003-2006330751,00.html

Daily Star - 19 June
Still Live at Leeds ......36 years later
The Who were honoured with a blue plaque at the University of Leeds on Saturday before they kicked off their world tour with a concert at the refectory, scene of the famous 'Live at Leeds concert in 1970.

Daily Express - 19 June
We're back

The Times Higher Education Supplement - 22 June
Who's in the crowd?
The University of Leeds' Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur and Minister for Higher Education Bill Rammell shunned the VIP treatment at The Who's re-visit to the University refectory last saturday, instead they watched from the thick of the crowd.

Yorkshire Post - 16 June
The Who turn back the clock to 1970
Chris Bond

Yorkshire Post - 19 June
Who'd believe it? No it's tea for rock legend

Yorkshire Post - 26 June
Harewood Stages a festival treat

Yorkshire Evening Post - 19 June
Duo unveil plaque at 'perfect venue'

Yorkshire Evening Post - 20 June
Live at Leeds for new generation

Yorkshire Evening Post - 26 June
That's how to rock and roll
The O2 Wireless Festival took place on the Earl of Harewood's front lawn over the weekend. Rockers The Who, who returned to the venue of their 'Live at Leeds' album, the University of Leeds' refectory last Saturday and played at Harewood this Sunday, may have lost their cool with their old age, but their songs proved to be a big hit at both of their recent shows.

Birmingham Post - 19 June
No encore as Who roll back years

Western Daily Press - 19 June
The Who recreate great gig
The Who kicked off their 2006 world tour with a recreation of their legendary 1970 University of Leeds gig last Saturday. "We are back!" shouted Pete Townshend as he took to the stage at the venue which spawned their iconic album 'Live at Leeds'.

Wolverhampton Edition Express and Star - 19 June
The Who return to scene of classic gig

Bournemouth Daily Echo - 19 June
The Who
The Who kicked off their 2006 world tour with a recreation of their legendary 1970 University of Leeds gig last Saturday. More than 2000 fans packed into the refectory. "We are back!" shouted Pete Townshend as he took to the stage at the venue which spawned their iconic album 'Live at Leeds'.

Scottish Daily Record - 17 June
Who dunnit?
Rock veterans The Who are heading back to Leeds today to kick off their world tour in style, by recreating their legendary 1970 'Live at Leeds' gig.

Scottish Sunday Herald - 2 July
Why the Who?
Despite only being half of the original band, The Who fail to give up the act, or the stage. Their recent return to the University of Leeds refectory, 36 years after their legendary The Who 'Live at Leeds' gig, proved that despite being the other side of 60, Townshend and Daltry can still cut it.

The Enquirer - 29 June
There is no substitute for the real thing
The music scene was once again overshadowed by the 1960's when band The Who returned to the University of Leeds to kick off their 2006 world tour. Mike Nicholls documents the rise of the famous band and the reign that has lasted over 40 years.

New Statesman - 23 June
Live and kicking at Leeds
Diary entry by Andy Kershaw

NME – 17 June
The Who play Leeds again
The Who recreated their iconic 'Live In Leeds' performance last night (June 17) 36 years after the original gig took place.

Stage - 22 June
Music scene on campus
One gets the feeling that while Andy Kershaw was studying politics at the University of Leeds, his priorities were soley in his role as ents/social secretary. Music history has always been made at the venue, scene of the famous The Who Live at Leeds album. During Radio 4's The School of Rock, Kershaw reminices of the bands he booked and the backstage atmosphere.

The Word - 11 July
When The Who restaged Live at Leeds, at the University of Leeds' refectory on June 17th, many of the original audience were there to greet them. One was Chris McCourt, the then seventeen year-old schoolboy they hired to take pictures for the album cover.

Mojo - 1 August
The Who's European tour began at Leeds University on June 17.

Album Vote – 18 June
The Who Thrill Leeds University
The Who returned to Leeds University last night (June 17) for the first time in 36 years, and to the venue of one of their finest hours.

Dot Music – 18 June
The Who back to best with Leeds gig
"We are back!" declared Pete Townshend as The Who returned to the venue where they recorded their iconic album Live At Leeds.

Gigwise – 17 June
The Who Return To Play Leeds University After 36 Years
The Who are set to re-create their legendary gig at Leeds University tonight (17 June), returning 36 years after the show that was immortalised on the 'Live At ...

Monsters and Critics – 16 June
Who is looking at next single, album and touring
By Jonathan Cohen Jun 16, 2006, 13:10 GMT. The Who camp is flush with activity as the band prepares to kick off its summer European tour.

Monsters and Critics – 19 June
Leeds rocked again by The Who
Monsters and, UK - 19 Jun 2006
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have launched The Who's world tour in sensational style at the same venue as that which housed the band's greatest live performance 36 years ago.

Life Style Extra – 19 June
The Who go back to university
Life Style Extra, UK - 19 Jun 2006
LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) - The Who recreated their legendary 1970 Leeds University show in style on Saturday night (17.06.06). The aging rockers returned to The Refectory, where they recorded their classic album 'Live At Leeds' 36 years ago, to launch their new world tour.

Pete Townshend's diary - 18 June

World-wide Coverage

The New York Times - 21 June

The New York Times - 23 June
On London stages, it's only passion 'n' politics (but they like it) In homage to the fabled 1970 'Live at Leeds' gig, The Who returned to the University of Leeds this week for a nostalgic trip down memory lane and a fitting start to their 2006 World Tour.

ABC Online – 19 June - Australia
The Who recreate legendary gig
ABC Online, Australia - 18 hours ago
KERRY O'BRIEN: For hard-core rock music fans there was only one place to be on the weekend. The Who were back in the northern English city of Leeds, performing at the university where nearly four decades ago, they made what's considered by many to be the greatest live album of all time.

P.R. Inside – 19 June Austria
PR Inside (Pressemitteilung), Veteran rockers THE WHO launched their UK tour at Leeds University on Saturday (17JUN06), the legendary English venue where they recorded their seminal LIVE AT ...

AndPop - 19 June- Canada
The Who Restage Legendary Concert
British rock group The Who (or what's left of them, rather) recreated its historic 1970 concert at Leeds University by returning to the venue.

CBC – 18 June - Canada
The Who live again at Leeds
The Who recreated its legendary 1970 Leeds University concert in England by playing in the same venue as it kicked off a European tour.

Online Rock Radio - 23 June - Greece
The Who selling live CDs &DVDs for charity
Online Rock Radio, The Encore Series will feature live CDs recorded at every venue on the tour, and a new addition to the line this year is professionally shot DVDs from every show except the tour opener at Leeds University in England last weekend.

The Taipei Times – 19 June Taiwan
'It was just complete, visceral excitement'
Taipei Times, Taiwan - 3 hours ago
By David Simpson. Susan Hoxton is a cleaner at the student union at Leeds University, England. She works in the refectory, or dining ...

Chicago Tribune - 9 July
Four decades of starmaking ending for BBC's 'Top of the Pops',1,3638833.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

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