The Paul McCartney Project

Steve Holley

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From Long Island Pulse, February 24, 2010:

[…] you recorded with Elton John and were simultaneously asked to join Wings. What was that decision like? 

Elton John is one of the most amazing talents I have ever played with. In August 1977, while I was still with Elton John, my own group Vapour Trails was signed by Warner Brothers and I was also asked to join Wings. Leaving both situations to work with Paul McCartney was difficult, but inevitable.

You had the rare privilege of playing Beatles songs live with Mr. McCartney. What were the pressures inherent to that situation? 

One irreversible fact of youth is that you feel capable of anything, fearless. I felt privileged to say the least.

What did you learn from Mr. McCartney about being a person? 

Sir Paul McCartney taught me many things. One was to trust my instincts. I also remember him saying, “If you can’t hide it, paint it red.” He has given my career longevity just by our association.

No disrespect to them, but by the time we got Steve Holley and Laurence Juber in Wings I was getting a little bit fed up with ‘yet another new line-up’. It was getting a bit boring, to tell the truth – another dollar, another day, kind of thing. Even though they were good players, the whole Wings thing was becoming boring to me.

Paul McCartney, in Wingspan, 2002

Last updated on February 16, 2020

Albums, EPs & Singles which Steve Holley contributed to

Back To The Egg

By Wings • Official album

Contribution: Brushes, Drums, Flexatone, Percussion, Tambourine • 11 songs

Goodnight Tonight / Daytime Nighttime Suffering

By Wings • 7" Single

Contribution: Backing vocals, Clay-hand drums, Drums, Percussion, Tambourine • 2 songs

Getting Closer / Baby's Request

By Wings • 7" Single

Contribution: Drums • 1 songs

Japanese Tears

By Denny Laine • Official album

Contribution: Backing vocals • 1 songs

Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 7" Single

Contribution: Drums • 1 songs

Coming Up

By Paul McCartney • 12" Single

Contribution: Drums • 1 songs

Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

By Various Artists • Official album

Contribution: Drums, Percussion • 3 songs

Concerts For The People Of Kampuchea - Promo EP

By Various Artists • EP

Contribution: Drums, Percussion • 1 songs

Standard Time

By Laurence Juber • Official album

Contribution: Drums, Producer • 1 songs

Concerts, TV & Radio shows

Concert For The People of Kampuchea

Dec 29, 1979 • United Kingdom • London • Hammersmith Odeon


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