Wings Put on a Helluva Rockshow

I've written quite a bit about Paul McCartney and Wings; the story of how I stayed across the hall from he and Linda in New Orleans, and almost missed an important performance with Bobby Vinton because I got left behind by Maca's motorcade  along with other stories can be found on the site. But Scott reminded me that BAND ON THE RUN was released 43 years ago to some mixed reviews.

 

It was a great album, but so soon after the Beatles broke up, that a lot of folks,both civilian and industry types, put down WINGS as a weak in comparison to the Fab Four's stuff, as if that wasn't true of virtually every band out there. To this day, I remember so well the night my friend and partner Lee Arbuckle and I Limoed to see the Band Live touring behind the album.

 

The quality of the music, the air of excitement in the arena, the special vibe of the evening. There were some hitches; Linda knew what went on out on the road, and became a member of the group to be with her husband, even though she didn't sing well, but did play keyboards.

 

Drummers came and went, kind of like in Spinal Tap. In fact I got the room at the La Richeliu in the French Quarter from a departing one; but the mix of Beatles Tunes and the new Wings songs in the show was magical, and we hated to see it end. The cover was fun to view with various celebrities and friends of the McCartney's to try and identify, and it was the group's fifth Album, recorded at the EMI Studio in Lagos, Nigeria, because Paul wanted an exotic location, which in 1973 it really was. Here's a great film clip with HQ picture and sound of Wings doing the tune Live on tour. @therealdonrocks

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