Newcastle upon Tyne • Sunday, February 13, 1972

ConcertBy Wings • Part of the Wings University Tour
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Paul McCartney in "Wingspan: Paul McCartney's Band on the Run":

The Students’ Union in Newcastle had booked the City Hall, which was quite a big gig – a few thousand people. It wasn’t big by today’s standards perhaps, but it was big for us then. We went to play Wild Life and I said, ‘Ah one-two-three..’ Nothing. Just silence. I looked around at Linda and she mouthed to me, ‘I’ve forgotten the chords. ‘By this time the audience was starting to giggle, thinking we were doing a comedy routine. So I walked over to the keyboard and when I got there I also couldn’t remember the bloody chords. By this time the audience were rolling with laughter. Then suddenly Linda remembered them and we went into the song, our hearts beating fast. There were quite a few moments like that. That was the problem of going back to square one – you’ve got to go through the baptism of fire. Eventually we got a bit better, started to actually know our songs and even perform more than eleven of them.
From Chronicle Live – Paul McCartney and Wings, Newcastle University, February 13, 1972 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
From Chronicle Live – Paul McCartney and Wings, Newcastle University, February 13, 1972 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

I couldn’t believe my luck. Paul asked if a spot could be found for his new band, Wings , in the Sunday folk night at the hall. They just turned up out of the blue in a big van full of equipment. We were only too happy to oblige.

Steve Dresser, chairman of Newcastle University’s entertainment committee – From Chronicle Live

From Chronicle Live:

The night before, 18-year-old Ian Armstrong, of Gosforth, had been hanging around the chippy on Gosforth High Street with his mates. He recalled: “That Saturday night we couldn’t believe our eyes when Paul, Linda and the kids came out of the Queen Victoria pub on the High Street, where Paul had bought a bottle of whisky. They went into the Chinese restaurant next door to the chippy, where he and Linda talked to us for about 15 minutes while they waited for their meal. He signed autographs for us, which I still have.

Last updated on March 7, 2020

Newcastle University

This was the 1st and only concert played at Newcastle University.

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