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'It was just complete, visceral excitement'

Nearly four decades after the Who recorded what is widely regarded as the most explosive live rock 'n' roll album ever, fans remember the experience

By David Simpson  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

The album was released in May 1970, rising to Number 3 in the charts and establishing the Who as a rock band of lasting importance and popularizing the idea of colleges as rock venues -- previously, venues had been so scarce that even big acts would play cinemas, often on the same bill as the film. But after Live at Leeds, other bands decided to see if the refectory could work its magic on them, too.

The Stones came on March 13, 1971, and recorded their set, but only one track -- Let It Rock, the B-side of Brown Sugar -- was released.

Brogan has heard a tape of the concert and says "it just didn't match up."

The refectory has barely changed since the Who first came: there's been a coat or two of paint and, according to DJ Andy Kershaw, who was the union's entertainments secretary in the 1980s, a new fire door. Students still eat there, and Susan Hoxton still cleans there. And how does she feel about the return of Roger Daltrey? "I'm looking forward to meeting him again," she smiles. "To saying, `Remember me?'"

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