Manchester • Friday, February 18, 1972

ConcertBy Wings • Part of the Wings University Tour
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Salford University

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This was the eighth show of Wing’s University Tour. It took place at the Salford University near Manchester.

We had a big hall where a play was being produced and they were afraid the scenery would fall on us. We just missed a blackout that time.

Paul McCartney – From the “Wings Over Europe” tour book

This concert was on a Friday and Wings would break for the weekend. Their next concert would be in Birmingham, on February 21.

The next day we stayed with my Dad in Liverpool. No one was at the University because it was Sunday, so we gave it a miss.

Paul McCartney – From the “Wings Over Europe” tour book

About the setlist

The exact setlist for this concert (and for most of the concerts of the Wings’ university tour) is unknown. Only two audience recordings surfaced on bootlegs (one for the first concert of the tour, in Nottingham, on February 9, 1971; the other one for the concert in Hull, on February 11, 1971), even if all the concerts had been taped by the band.

The gigs were pretty much the same. We taped them all.

Denny Laine

We didn’t have many songs. To be precise, we had eleven, which – at about three minutes a song – is a 33 minute act. They wanted longer so we repeated things. ‘We’ve had a request to do Lucille. We did it earlier but now we’re gonna do it again for Jenny Babford on the science course’. Whatever. We just repeated things, especially our new single Give Ireland Back to the Irish. The gigs went quite well but it’s funny to look back and realise that we had such little material.

Paul McCartney – From “Wingspan: Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run

The setlists were a mix of new songs, oldies and some blues jams. Paul McCartney made sure to not play any Beatles song. It’s likely the setlist of this concert was similar to this:

Last updated on May 1, 2022

Salford University

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

Setlist for the concert

The setlist for this concert is incomplete, or we have not be able to confirm in an accurate way that this was the setlist. If you have any clue, pls let us know and leave a comment.


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René Termeer 1 year ago

These pics are from the 1979 UK tour (Yamaha bass...Laurence Juber...)

The PaulMcCartney Project 1 year ago

Thanks René. You are right, I've been fooled by the description - fixing this !

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