It Was 40 Years Ago Today: The Who Performs at Leeds University

Following the release of Tommy in 1969, The Who began a world tour to promote Pete Townshend’s groundbreaking rock opera.

After they debuted the new live act — including Tommy in its entirety and “A Quick One, While He’s Away” — at London Coliseum two months earlier, the group played to a crowd of students at Leeds University in West Yorkshire, England, on Valentine’s Day 1970.

The accompanying album, Live At Leeds, went on to become famous in its own right as one of the first (and best) live records ever put together by a rock group.


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