Birmingham • Monday, February 21, 1972

ConcertBy Wings • Part of the Wings University Tour
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Deb Hall, Birmingham University

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This was the ninth concert of Wings’ University Tour.

When we went on to Birmingham we went to Denny’s place first, then played a University slightly out of town. It wasn’t the best gig.

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 February 15, 2022

Deb Hall, Birmingham University

This was the 1st and only concert played at Deb Hall, Birmingham University.

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meayrs 2 years ago

I guess lots of people have Paul McCartney’s stories. In honour of his eightieth birthday, here’s mine.
Back when I was at Uni I was a member of the Students’ Entertainments Committee, otherwise known as EntsCom. I was also a member of the Guild Theatre Group (GTG) and for both of these reasons had a backstage pass. I got to see and talk to lot of bands of the 60s and early 70s, but those are other stories.
Wings had just formed, and was getting ready for national tour by doing informal university and college gigs. These were unannounced – the band (or their representatives) would turn up in the morning and ask if they could play in one of the campus venues. This happened at my university (Birmingham) and we obliged, plastering toilets and lifts (that’s ‘elevators’ stateside) with a few silkscreened posters and gestetnered (look it up) fliers as we did back then – great places for informing a wide public quickly.
The event was ticketed – news travels first, and with a city the size of Birmingham a free concert was out of the question. I think the band played at cost, and tickets went at about 50p or ten shillings a head.
Come the evening the Wings roadies and the band arrive at the back stairs and proceed to set up, the band members disappearing into the dressing rooms. I was doing meet and greet and found myself alone with Paul and Linda (Eastman). Paul asked me if I could do him a favour and get drinks for him and Linda (we were very primitive on hospitality back then and this was an impromptu gig). He pointed out reasonably that if he went down to the bar he'd be recognised and everyone else was busy setting up. Sure, I said (who wouldn’t) and trundled off to the main bar returning with beer and whatever Linda was drinking. Paul expressed his thanks, and proffered a five-pound note or whatever and I replied something to the effect that no, please, let me pay. I’d love to be able to tell my grandchildren that I’d bought Paul McCartney a drink.
This was a good fifty years ago, and grandchildren have been duly informed. As have now readers of this post.

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Thanks a lot, meayrs, for sharing those awesome memories !!

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