Wings’ Summer tour announced

June 1972


Wings to play ‘official’ tour

PAUL McCartney’s Wings will be playing British dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow during July — and also making an extensive tour of the Continent.

The dates will represent the first scheduled concerts by McCartney’s band, and venues are currently being finalised. An announcement is expected regarding venues by the end of next week, but it seems certain the group will play in major concert halls rather than universities.

On the Continent they will visit France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Belgium and Holland.

The group are currently rehearsing for the tour, following a session mixing tracks last week at the Manor
Studios in Oxfordshire.

From Melody Maker, June 3, 1972
From Melody Maker, June 3, 1972

Wings tour Europe

PAUL McCARTNEY has snubbed Britain. McCartney and his Wings group kick off on a European tour on Sunday, and have set 26 dates throughout the Continent — but there are no plans for British concerts following the Continental tour.

Former Rainbow manager John Morris, who is handling the tour, told the MM we have no specific plans to play Britain.

Wings will tour Europe in an open topped double decker London bus painted in bright colours. It will be specially fitted out for touring around the Continent.

Paul wanted to play small halls and most of the capacities are less than 3,000, said Morris. He wasn’t interested in playing the monstrous places which he could probably have filled easily.

There will be no supporting act on the tour but Wings are expected to play an extra long show divided into two sets. The second set will be accompanied by a movie flashed on to a screen behind the performing group.

For the tour Wings will comprise McCartney and his wife, Linda, with Denny Laine, Henry McCulloch and Denny Seiwell.

The tour opens next Sunday in the South of France at Chateauvallon. Other dates are Juan Les Pins, France (12), Arles, France (13), Paris Olympia (16), Munich (18), Frankfurt (19), Zurich (21), Montreux (22 and 23), Copenhagen (August 1), Helsinki (4), Torku (5), Stockholm (7), Oerbro (8), Oslo (9), Gothenburg (10), Lund (11), Odense (13), Arkus (14), Hanover, Germany (16), Gronnegan (17) , Rotterdam (18), Breda (19) , Amsterdam (20), Brussells (22) and Berlin (24).

This is the first pre-planned tour by any Beatle since 1966, and the longest itinerary by any former Beatle since the group stopped touring in the same year.

From Melody Maker, July 8, 1972
From Melody Maker, July 8, 1972

Paul’s Wings spread out in Europe

PAUL McCARTNEY is to make a tour of Europe with Wings next month. This will be the first official tour that Wings have made. Up to now they have only done “lightning dates” at short notice.

Although details of the tour are not yet available, the group will leave for Europe in mid July and will be working for about a month. The tour will probably start in Scandinavia.

Wings, now augmented with ex-Greaseband guitarist Henry McCullough, have been rehearsing at McCartney’s Scottish home for the past month but broke off for a short
holiday last week. Paul, Linda and Denny Laine are due back from Spain this week.

Although the group, currently in the chart with “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, have not announced further recording plans, they are expected to start work on a double album after they return from Europe.

From Record Mirror – June 24, 1972
From Record Mirror – June 24, 1972

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