Wings University Tour

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Wings University Tour
Tour by Wings
Associated albumWild Life
Start date9 February 1972
End date23 February 1972
No. of shows11
Wings concert chronology

Wings University Tour was an impromptu 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.


McCartney had formed Wings for the purpose of having a band to go on the road with again, 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, but 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", "Maybellene", "Seaside Woman", "My Love", "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and "Lucille".[1] A short excerpt 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. Beginning on 9 February[3] Wings would arrive—often unannounced—at destinations McCartney would later refer to in the 2001 documentary Wingspan as venues which simply "sounded [interesting]" to the band, and would subsequently perform live for whoever happened to be on campus on the date of their arrival. He would later reflect on the mechanisms and motives of this tour as being a phase in the construction of the band he had formed, stating: "For me, it was like building the whole thing from square one."[4]

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, with Paul performing his first paying concert since 1966.[2][5] 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. At Leeds (50p) the gig had a generator on standby as a precaution against the powercuts due to the miners strike.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
9 February 1972 Nottingham United Kingdom University of Nottingham
10 February 1972 York University of York
11 February 1972 Kingston upon Hull Hull University - West Refectory
13 February 1972 Newcastle upon Tyne Havelock Hall
14 February 1972 Lancaster Lancaster University
16 February 1972 Leeds Leeds Town Hall
17 February 1972 Sheffield Sheffield University
18 February 1972 Salford Salford University
21 February 1972 Birmingham Deb Hall
22 February 1972 Swansea Swansea University
23 February 1972 Oxford Oxford University

Set list[edit]

Average tour setlist[6]
  1. "Lucille"
  2. "Give Ireland Back to the Irish"
  3. "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
  4. "Seaside Woman"
  5. "Help Me Darling"
  6. "Some People Never Know"
  7. "The Mess"
  8. "Bip Bop"
  9. "Say Darling"
  10. "Smile Away"
  11. "My Love"
  12. "Henry's Blues"
  13. "Wild Life"
  14. "Give Ireland Back to the Irish"
  15. "Long Tall Sally"


  1. ^ a b c Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (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. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 109
  4. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 98
  5. ^ Harvey, Simon (2010-11-09). "Do you remember Paul McCartney at the Portland Ballroom?". Nottingham University Alumni Online.
  6. ^ Paul McCartney Average Setlists of tour: University UK Tour