Paris • Sunday, July 16, 1972

ConcertBy Wings • Part of the First leg of the Wings Over Europe TourAfternoon show
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Country:
France
City:
Paris
Location:
Olympia Hall

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On this day, Wings performed two consecutive shows in Paris at the Olympia (The Beatles had played a series of concerts in this venue in January / February 1964).

No recordings of this concert are known to exist.

They told us – “Watch out for Paris, the audience will be tough” – but it was great.  We are very happy with the response and the way the band is getting together.

Paul McCartney – From Record Mirror – July 22, 1972

THOUGH HE later admitted he was dreading the occasion, Paul McCartney scored an undoubted triumph when he returned to give two concerts at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, on Sunday with his new band Wings, eight years after appearing there with the Beatles.

After three concerts in the South Of France, Wings showed every sign of becoming a tight, coordinated group, although the inexperience of Linda McCartney both as a singer and keyboard player is still disconcertingly apparent.

Highlights of the first Olympia concert came mostly in the second half when Paul took over on electric piano guitar and sang a loudly acclaimed “Maybe I’m Amazed” and a beautiful new song “My Love” which is easily the best thing he has written since the break-up of the Beatles. “My Love” is going to get plenty of cover versions.

“Mary Had A Little Lamb”, much derided by some writers, was also well received. Musically it is a far better song than the lyrics would have you believe.

For most of the set Paul played bass, and with two extremely fine guitarists in Denny Laine and Henry McCullough, plus the strong drumming of Denny Seiwell, the band really sounds good. There are still some rough edges to be smoothed out but the band gains a lot from the solo talents of Laine – who sang well on his own “Say You Don’t Mind” – and McCullough – who played magnificent blues guitar on “Henry’s Blue. “

If “1882”, “The Mess” and the previously mentioned “My Love” are representative samples, then the band’s new LP is going to be a real winner. “1882” is a minor key piece with strong harmony sung in 3/4 time, and “The Mess” is a powerful rocker with some fine McCullough guitar.

Another heavy rocker – and possibly the next single – is “Hi, Hi, Hi”, which closed the concert and brought the house down. The audience clamoured for an encore but were left, in the best entertainment tradition, wanting more.

The second concert on Sunday night was an even greater success with the band getting a standing ovation.

From Record Mirror – July 22, 1972
From Record Mirror – July 22, 1972
From “Salut Les Copains” french magazine, N°121, September 1972
From “Salut Les Copains” french magazine, N°121, September 1972
From American photographer, musician and animal rights activist Linda… Photo d’actualité – Getty Images – American photographer, musician and animal rights activist Linda McCartney (born Eastman) with her husband singer and songwriter Paul McCartney, her daughter Heather, 10 (Linda had with geologist Joseph Melville See Jr.), and their daughter Mary, 3, going for a walk in Paris. (Photo by Alain Dejean/Sygma via Getty Images)

The new LP ‘Red Rose Speedway’ certainly has great potential, going by the reaction the new numbers received at the show. It is a single album, but double cover containing a booklet of colour pictures, mainly ones taken on the European Tour, and lyrics to all the songs. – The back cover pic may puzzle you, – it was taken at the Paris Olympia gig, during the interval somebody took the flowers and white soft toy on the stage and left them under Paul’s mike for when he returned.

From Wings Fun Club newsletter #1
The Wings Fun Club was officially mentioned on the back sleeve of the “Red Rose Speedway” album, released in April 1973

Last updated on August 18, 2022

Olympia Hall

This was the 37th concert played at Olympia Hall.

A total of 39 concerts have been played there • 1964Jan 16thJan 16thJan 17thJan 17thJan 18thJan 18thJan 19thJan 19thJan 20thJan 20thJan 22ndJan 22ndJan 23rdJan 23rdJan 24thJan 24thJan 25thJan 25thJan 26thJan 26thJan 27thJan 27thJan 29thJan 29thJan 30thJan 30thJan 31stJan 31stFeb 1stFeb 1stFeb 2ndFeb 2ndFeb 3rdFeb 3rdFeb 4thFeb 4th1972Jul 16thJul 16th2007Oct 22nd

Setlist for the concert

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