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Liverpool • Sunday, November 25, 1979

ConcertBy Wings • Part of the Wings 1979 UK Tour
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Country:
United Kingdom
City:
Liverpool
Location:
Royal Court Theatre

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From journalist Paul Du Noyer:

It’s a raw Sunday night, 25 November 1979. Paul McCartney is kicking off his Wings tour at the Royal Court, after receiving a letter that told him the venue was struggling.Down Roe Street there are touts clearing 2000 per cent profit. But Lime Street is blocked by a barricade of taxi cabs. The drivers have called a lightning strike. Which was a very 1979 thing to do.

The show is not a classic. It took his head a few more months to get the message, but in his heart Paul already knew the Wings experiment was over. They would never tour again. The music is just like Wings‘ last album, Back To The Egg: moments of piercing beauty and some galumphing passages in the key of boring.

In other words, we lurch from Yesterday to Mull Of Kintyre. The newer songs aren’t familiar to most and they never would be. But today I listen to Old Siam, Sir and I realise that Macca’s music has one outstanding feature. It’s not the melodies, or the occasional sentimentality, but the sheer, unfathomable strangeness.

Afterwards I’m with Paul in that lovely art deco bar downstairs. Characters from his Cavern past, like Alan Williams, rock up to slap backs and wax nostalgic. A miniature press conference is set up for me and Penny Kiley and a few other journalists, sitting across a table from Paul, Linda and Denny Laine.

I was a punky young NME reporter who followed the Clash line: ‘Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust,’ and I was too cool to look impressed. But the fan inside of me was ecstatic.I walked home along a freezing Scotland Road (still no taxis) thinking, ‘God! I’ve just spoken to a Beatle!‘

From Getintothis

From the McCartney Observer fanzine, Fall/Winter 1979-1980:

This was a terrible day for Doylene, Susie and I. The box office manager gave everyone standing tickets except for the three of us. He pocketed their money, charging them full price to stand in the balcony! He warned them not to move from where he told them to stand and kept coming back every few minutes to check up on them. Guilty that some usher may want to check the tickets he never gave them! He looked at the three of us outside and had absolutely no compassion whatsoever. I can’t even begin to explain the horrible feeling in the pits of our stomachs when someone opened a door and we heard Paul singing “Let it Be” while we were outside.

Paul McCartney with Wings performing at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. 25th November 1979.
Paul McCartney with Wings performing at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. 25th November 1979.
Rhythm guitarist-vocalist Denny Laine, lead guitarist Laurence Juber, a playful Paul McCartney, a floral bouquet brandishing Linda McCartney, and drummer Steve Holley represent Wings’ final lineup circa November 25, 1979. Image Credit: Evening Standard / Getty Images
From Liverpool Echo – Paul McCartney with his band Wings performing at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, as part of their tour of the United Kingdom to promote their newest album, Back to the Egg. 25th November 1979.
From Liverpool Echo – Paul & Linda McCartney with their band Wings performing at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, as part of their tour of the United Kingdom to promote their newest album, Back to the Egg. 25th November 1979.

Last updated on February 8, 2020

Royal Court Theatre

This was the 3rd concert played at Royal Court Theatre.

A total of 4 concerts have been played there • 1979Nov 23rdNov 24thNov 25thNov 26th

Setlist for the concert



2.

Getting Closer

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


3.

Every Night

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box



5.

I've Had Enough

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


6.

No Words

Written by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box



8.

Old Siam, Sir

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


9.

Maybe I'm Amazed

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


10.


11.

Let it be

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


12.

Hot As Sun

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


13.

Spin It On

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box



15.

Go Now

Written by Larry Banks, Milton Bennett

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


16.

Arrow Through Me

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box



18.

Coming Up

Written by Paul McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box


19.


20.

Yesterday

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album Available on Liverpool Holiday Box





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