Wings University Tour

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Wings University Tour
Tour by Wings
Start date 9 February 1972
End date 23 February 1972
Legs 1
Shows 10 in England, 1 in Wales
Wings concert chronology
Wings University Tour
(1972)
Wings Over Europe Tour
(1972)

Wings University Tour was a UK concert tour by Paul McCartney & Wings in 1972, shortly after the band's formation and initial album release, Wild Life. Wings' lineup for the tour was Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Henry McCullough, and Denny Seiwell.

Background[edit]

McCartney had formed Wings for the purpose of having a band to go on the road with, and he wasted no time in doing just that. During the waning years of The Beatles, notably during the Get Back sessions, he had suggested they return to live performances by showing up unannounced at pubs and playing for the patrons. The idea was never seriously considered by the other Beatles. From 2 to 7 February 1972, Wings held rehearsals for the tour at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).[1] The rehearsals were filmed by Tyncho Films, and titled by McCartney as The ICA Rehearsal, and features footage of: "The Mess", "Wild Life", "Bip Bop", "Blue Moon of Kentucky", "Maybelline", "Seaside Woman", "My Love", "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and "Lucille".[1] A short except of the footage was included in the TV documentary Wings Over the World.[1][2]

Locations, fee[edit]

McCartney took the band on an impromptu tour of the United Kingdom's universities, showing up unannounced and performing for whoever happened to be on campus. The band's intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, had no suitable venue, so the band moved on to the more receptive Nottingham.[2][3] Admission to the first show which was held at 12 noon in the Portland Building Ballroom was GBP 0.40, proceeds being split up equally among the band members. At Hull, the word circulated fast, and a full hall of about 800 welcomed Wings at 50p per head.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
9 February 1972 Nottingham England Nottingham University
10 February 1972 York University of York (Goodricke College dining room)
11 February 1972 Kingston upon Hull Hull University West Refectory
13 February 1972 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle University
14 February 1972 Lancaster Lancaster University
16 February 1972 Leeds Leeds University
17 February 1972 Sheffield Sheffield University
18 February 1972 Salford University of Salford
21 February 1972 Birmingham Birmingham University
22 February 1972 Swansea Wales Swansea University
23 February 1972 Oxford England Oxford University

Set list[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  2. ^ a b Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. ISBN 0-615-11724-4. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Simon (2010-11-09). "Do you remember Paul McCartney at the Portland Ballroom?". Nottingham University Alumni Online. 
  4. ^ Paul McCartney Average Setlists of tour: University UK Tour http://www.setlist.fm/stats/average-setlist/paul-mccartney-13d6bd15.html?tour=University+UK+Tourhtml