#YEP125: When the Rolling Stones rocked Leeds in 1971

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The YEP turns back the clock to 1971 when The Rolling Stones played Leeds University Union’s Refectory as part of a farewell UK tour prior to their relocation to the South of France as tax exiles.

Their show featured hits such as Jumpin’ Jack Flash and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction as well as three tracks from the still-to-be released Sticky Fingers – Brown Sugar, Bitch and Dead Flowers.



A Yorkshire Evening Post review from the time says some fans had queued for 12 hours for a place in the 2,000-strong crowd.

It also notes that 90p tickets had changed hands for princely sums of as much as £5.

Yet the expense was clearly worth it, with reviewer Pat Dean writing: “[Mick] Jagger, resplendent in satin trousers and sequinned waistcoat, strutted and danced, howling and jeering into the microphone – a parody of a rock singer.

“The rest of the Stones, suitably morose and sullen, laid down a driving sound as a background to his earthy vocals.”

In a sign of the more innocent times, the review ends: “Despite the excitement, the noise, the crowds, everyone behaved as one has come to expect at pop concerts – in a well-mannered and non-violent fashion.

“Apart from a few broken windows, which a union spokesman said was nothing unusual for a Saturday night hop, no damage at all was done.”

Check out a photo gallery of images from the gig which we have put together from the YEP archive as part of our 125th birthday celebrations.