Who return to Leeds 25 June

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 20 06:20:30 CST 2006

>From The Times (London) at:

More power and volume for a new generation
By Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent 
AFICIONADOS say that their previous outing in Leeds
produced the greatest of all live albums. Now The Who
are to return to the city after 36 years. 

Today the rock legends Roger Daltrey and Pete
Townshend are to announce an open-air summer concert
in Leeds. 

The Who last played the city in 1970 when a furious
three-hour Valentine’s Day concert at Leeds University
featuring the band at their peak was captured on tape.
About 2,000 students packed the refectory and another
1,000 stood on the roof, soaking up the concert’s
vibrations through their shoes. 

Townshend’s searing, improvised guitar solos during a
15-minute take on My Generation were never bettered.
The Tommy musical was performed in its entirety. But
only six tracks made it on to the famous Live at Leeds
album, sparking a trade in bootlegs. 

Townshend remixed the Live at Leeds tapes when the
full concert was finally released five years ago. He
described their primal sound at the time as “power and
volume” and the album inspired the heavy metal genre.
The band have not set foot in the city since 1970. 

The June concert will not be staged at the campus but
at Harewood House, home to the Earl of Harewood. VIP
hospitality packages are available. However, students
hope that Daltrey and Townshend can also be persuaded
to return to the university for a concert recreating
the magic of 1970. 

The Who are recording their first studio album for 25
years, although Townshend admitted that his hearing
difficulty has slowed down progress. 

The concert is to be the highlight of the O2 Wireless
festival staged in Leeds and London on the last
weekend of June. The London show, at Hyde Park, will
feature James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Depeche Mode and
Massive Attack, who will also play in Leeds. The
Flaming Lips will appear alongside The Who on 25 June
in Leeds. 

Stuart Galbraith, the managing director at Live
Nation, promoters of Wireless, said: “With Kaiser
Chiefs cleaning up at the Brits there is no hotter
city musically than Leeds and we are delighted to be
bringing The Who back to the city.” 


Wireless London/Leeds day tickets cost £37.50. Call
0871 2309840 

Those with an O2 mobile phone tariff can get priority
access with Ticketmaster on 0871 2305440 

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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