Charity Brawl • Sunday, March 18, 1973

ConcertBy Wings
United Kingdom
Hard Rock Cafe

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After a day of recording for the “James Paul McCartney” TV special, Wings did a charity concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in London.

A quick trip to the Hardrock Cafe for a party and surprise benefit concert for ‘Release’ followed. With no cameras etc. the whole thing was looser, and so more together(?) About two hundred people – at £5 a head, had a really good time.

From Wings Fun Club newsletter #1

From The McCartney Legacy page on Facebook:

Wings played their first ever live performance in London at the Hard Rock Cafe in the West End, on Sunday 18th March 1973. Technically it was the 19th between 12.25pm to 1.30am. Seats for the “Charity Brawl” were priced at £5 and included a burger and ice cream meal.

March 1973: Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda (1941 – 1998) perform with their pop group Wings. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
From Crawshaw Awaits Fate With A Smile | Liverpool Echo | Monday 19 March 1973 | British Newspaper Archive
From Record Mirror – March 24, 1973

From Wikipedia:

The support group for the entire [1973 UK ]tour was pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz who Paul and Linda asked to be on the tour after seeing them perform at the London Hard Rock Cafe’s opening night a few weeks previously.

From The Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine – April 18th 1973 – From The Beatles In The News: 1973 03 18 London

Last updated on August 18, 2022

Hard Rock Cafe

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Chris Toney 2 years ago

I think Paul played a charity gig in Liverpool on 3rd November 1973 - I was there! Have I got the date right?

Chris Toney 2 years ago

Please keep me updated

The PaulMcCartney Project 2 years ago

Hi Chris,
So far, I haven't been done to find anything regarding another charity gig played in 1973.
The only Liverpool concert in 1973 I have listed is this one at the Empire Theatre -
Do you remember any more detail ? Like the location, size of the audience ...
Thanks !

Chris Toney 2 years ago

Sorry, I must have confused it with November 24th 1979

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