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Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger on Look North in 1971

Rewind: music

BBC Look North is taking a look back through some of its archive material and included in that material is footage of some of the nation's favourite pop stars.

It's a question that many pop fans ask all the time - just how much footage of their favourite pop acts is gathering dust in dark and gloomy vaults, never to be revealed to the public.


Madonna at Roundhay Park in 1987

Well, now BBC Look North is bucking that trend by having a dig into its extensive archives and showing some much-sought-after footage of major rock and pop acts like Madonna and the Rolling Stones in the first installment of its new Rewind feature which is broadcast over four weeks within the normal Look North programme.

While the future editions of Rewind will feature archive footage concentrating on fashion, transport and science & technology; it's the first edition (going out at 6.30pm on Thursday 19 May 2005) that will interest music fans.

The footage to be shown includes:
* Pictures and an interview with Mick Jagger when the Stones played Leeds University in 1971.
* An interview with Paul McCartney when Wings played in Sheffield in 1973
* An interview with Bing Crosby following a grouse shooting session in North Yorkshire in 1976 - one year before he died.
* A feature on trouser-splitting legend PJ Proby, who moved to the Colne Valley in 1976
* Live footage of Bruce Springsteen at Bramall Lane, Sheffield in 1988
* Live footage of Madonna at Rounday Park, Leeds in 1987.

Missed the programme? Check out the footage by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Such talk of musical heroes and great gigs of the past, has got us thinking here at the BBC Leeds website - could we come up with a top ten list of the major musical performances of the last thirty years or so to have taken place in Leeds? So (drum roll, please!!) here's our Leeds Gig Top Ten in chronological order:

The Who @ Leeds University Refectory - 14/02/1970
Joy Division @ Futurama/Queens Hall - 08/09/1979
Queen @ Elland Road - 29/05/1982
Rolling Stones @ Roundhay Park - 25/07/1982
The Smiths @ Leeds University - 29/02/1984
Madonna @Roundhay Park - 15/08/1987
Nirvana @ Duchess Of York - 25/10/1989
Happy Mondays @ Elland Road - 01/06/1991
Oasis @ Duchess of York - 12/04/1994
Radiohead @ Town & Country Club - 01/11/1995
Eminem @ Leeds Festival - 24/08/2001

What do you think? Have we missed out any Leeds gigs that shook your world? Or perhaps you saw some great live performances in the 1950s and 1960s that you could tell us about - let us know by filling in the form below.

last updated: 07/03/2008 at 11:54
created: 10/06/2005

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Otis Reading with Booker T and the MG's, and The Marquees at The Queens Hall 1967 the place was heaving. Joe Cocker at Mark Altman's Ballroom on Great George Street in 1966 great gig, blew everyone away. Carl Perkins, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Them (Gloria), Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter and lots of others all at the Three Coins on Mill Hill in the early sixties. No booze in the club but Yate's Wine Lodge just around the corner, happy days.

thin lizzy
GRAHAM HART LEEDS philip lynott was the greatest ever rocker on the planet and nobody has ever come close LEEDS QUEENS HALL 1980

Mark Davis
How about the Michael Jackson Bad Tour in 1988? Performed in front of a sellout 90,000 people. IO can't believe this hasn't been mentioned.

red lorry yellow lorry - warehouse and leeds uni. but what about the sex pistols at leeds poly in december 1976, alternatively knife edge or the expelaires all over leeds.

phil metcalfe
simple minds(live at roundhay park 1989)...awesome live performance with great support featuring...all about eve. still my favourite live gig of all time! and definately worth a mention!

Neil Mitchell
Between June 1973 and December 1978 I saw these bands in Leeds (many at the University)....DAVID BOWIE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THIN LIZZY, SANTANA, RORY GALLAGHER, HUEY LEWIS (under the name CLOVER), NILS LOFGREN, LINDISFARNE, DIRE STRAITS, CHIEFTAINS, JOHN MARTYN, BUDGIE etc

Neil Mitchell
an little-known Lynyrd Skynyrd played Leeds Univ in 1976 and then returned to the same venue a year later, to a phenominal reception, played Alabama & Freebird etc at both gigs. Amazing!

Chris C
What? No mention of The Sisters Of Mercy or The Mission! Go back and think again Mr List compiler.

Gary Tebbutt
Edgar Broughton Band Queens Hall 1970? Out demons out!

MOTORHEAD @ LEEDS QUEENS HALL 1981.The gig was recorded and part of it was included on the bands first # 1 album 'no sleep till hammersmith' My first ever gig, i was 12 years old at the time and still to this day i miss the good old days of the queens hall ( I CANT FIND ANY PICTURES OF THE BUILDING ANYONE GOT ANY?).Whats in its place now a gravel car park!!! what a waste of a good rock & punk venue! When will Leeds city council learn?! p.s. Why couldnt we of had the stones back at roundhay this year instead of Mr 'ive no talent' williams.Bring back the 80's this town has no soul anymore,just a load of trendy wine bars & silly trendy shops (whats in the duchess of yorks place?!) a silly trendy shop! Do we nead a concert venue YES!!!!!

Roy Chaplin
The late great Rory Gallagher at the Uni in the mid 70's. Now that guy could play guitar.

Hilary Robinson
Elton John @ Leeds University 1972 just as 'Don't Shoot Me' albumn came out. I arranged a coach trip from Bretton Hall College. It cost us 2 quid each including bus fares!! He was magic!

Zunaira Durrani
Leeds: We braved the rain for the one and only Bryan Adams live at Millennium Square, July 19, 2002.

Steve M.
The Stone Roses at Leeds Polytechnic in June 1989, supported by local boys The Bridewell Taxis was one of my favorite gigs of all time. The Roses had put on a great show just a couple of months earlier at the Warehouse, but the return leg lifted the roof off the poly.

Mark Young
The great cult-rock band, Rush. They appeared at The Queens Hall in 1980. I was too young to go but my mates' older brothers were talking about the experience for weeks after. This is how I learnt what the word "incredible" meant.

Mrs Michelle Wilder
I saw the Beatles at the Odeon Leeds in 1964, I was 14 at the time, but I have never forgotten it. The tickets were like gold and my friend and I were very lucky to get them. We couldnt hear a thing we all just screamed

barry barker
does anyone remember 'the three coins club' upper mill hill early to mid sixties.

Hey you guys missed off Michael Jackson's BAD Tour Concert from the list the date is - 29th August 1988... Michael's birthday!

The best Yorkshire Gigs I've been to:- Stones 25/07/82 Radiohaed, circa Nov '98 at the Dome Donny, Embrace in the millenium square this year!!! The Carling weekend 2000 was on the whole fantastic, but Eminem in 2001 was rubbish!

Martin Wrigley
Queens Hall 1979 The Jam supported by The Piranhas Packed out - Very hot & sweaty - What a gig!!

Robin C
I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned David Bowie Aladdin sane tour 1973 at Leeds Rollarena (used to be on Kirkstall Rd)> Last gig before Hammersmith!

One major concert was Michael Jackson's Dangerous performance. Fantastic show!!

Andy Goldsworthy
CREAM - December 67, just a few weeks after Disraeli Gears was released and at their zenith - Leeds University - Ticket 8/6d - Absolutely heaving, had to stand on a table to be able see anything. Truly phenomenal

Greg Ferguson
Let not forget Siouxsie and the Banshees who played at the Town & Country Club back in the early 90's.

derek southern
bruce springsteen at roundhay park leeds

Lyndon Hill
I saw the Beatles LIVE on the stage at the Odean Cinema in Leeds in, I think, 1963. Ps I couldn't hear them though. Susan Maughan and I think Freddy and the Dreamers were on the same bill. John Pertwee was the master of ceremonies, was he BLUE!

Don Tate
Ramones Leeds Uni Jan 26 1980. Ably supported by The Boys. What a fantastic night of punk! I must have lost two stone through sweat. Mention also to Roger McGuinn at Leeds Varieties a couple of years ago. A masterful solo performance so good you would have thought he had the rest of The Byrds with him.

I was at the Radiohead gig at the T&C - 01/11/1995 for the Bends tour, and it is in my top 10 gigs. They were absolutly awsome that night, playing the entire Bends album along with some old classics ! I had some brilliant nights at the T&C and was gutted when it shut so Leeds could have yet another trendy wine bar.

john walker
i missed the documentary about the concerts of leeds, can any1 tell me of any info about madonna in leeds plz it will be much appreciated

Mike Peacock
I'm not sure of the year, late sixties probly. At the Odeon Theatre Leeds, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Ike and Tina Turner, Peter Jay and the Blue Jays. Those where the days, was on holiday from the States visiting the old home town.

Roger Kojan
Bruce Springsteen in Roundhay Park 1980 (?) The Clash at Leeds Uni about the same time

Sue Ellis
Colin Bluntstone - Leeds Uni, can't remember the date. Bryan Adams - Millenium Square

Tom Wong
What about Groove Armada at the Uni in 2002? It was perhaps the best gig I have ever been to.

What about the streets? leeds uni 2 dec 2002?? Amazing scenes.

Rod Brooks
What about the Walker Brothers gig at the Queens Hall around 1964? We were support band for them. Rod Brooks (Dawnbreakers)

Barry Wood
U2 at Elland Road Barclay James Harvest....many concerts at Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Uni in the 70's and '80's Meatloaf ...Millen. Sq.

B Robertson
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA show, last night of tour at Rounday Park 1985, with extras - Bruce doing a set of Status Quo songs for a sing-along.

be sure to have a look at everyone that played at Leeds University Union there is a list at its website

Springsteen, Roundhay Park, Leeds, 07/07/85. 4 hours of genius, the only performer who could get 100,000 people to sing along but also to shut up at his command. The Boss!!!!!!

Lynne A
U2, Leeds (Roundhay Park) '92 or '93 can't remember. Zoo TV Tour. This gig needs to be included, I was there and it was amazing. Also if I remember correctly, didn't Genesis also play Roundhay Park back in the 80's?

Peter from Harrogate
Surely two massive shows by GENESIS at Roundhay Park warrant a mention . . ?

David Taylor
Where is the Genesis gig at Rounday Park from 1992

Tony S
Michael Jackson!! i could hear it 7 miles away!!

Pam Johnson
You've missed out the best performer of all - David Bowie played at the old Rollerena (now YTV studios) in - I think 1973 - I queued overnight for tickets.

Wayne Birthwright
UB40 @ Leeds University 1980 First class performers Solid bass with great songs

What about that Michael Jackson gig at Roundhay Park from the Bad tour? I can't even remember what year it was now...

M Callaghan
Sisters of Mercy - Warehouse, Thursday 20th January 1983

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