The Paul McCartney Project

What happened for Paul in 1980

1980 has been a difficult year for Paul McCartney, starting in January by his arrest in Japan for possession of marijuana, 10 days in jail, and the Wings Japan tour being cancelled, and ending in December by the murder of John Lennon.

While the Japan accident didn’t mean the end of Wings (the band was officially dismantled in 1981), Paul McCartney put the band on hiatus and released his second solo album, McCartney II, during that year. In November 1980, Wings reconvened for some rehearsals; but McCartney decided to work on his new album (the future “Tug Of War” which first recording sessions started in December 1980) with George Martin as the producer and without the band.

Last updated on February 22, 2020

Albums released in 1980


McCartney II

By Paul McCartney • Official album


Rarities

By The Beatles • Official album


Albums Paul McCartney contributed to, released in 1980


Japanese Tears

By Denny Laine • Official album


Sessions


Tug Of War sessions at AIR Studios, London

December 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War



Recording "Ode To A Koala Bear", "Keep Under Cover"

Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 8, 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Pipes Of Peace


We All Stand Together session #2

Nov 03, 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on We All Stand Together


We All Stand Together session #1

Oct 31, 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on We All Stand Together




Pugin Hall rehearsals

October 2-25, 1980


Home recordings

August 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Tug Of War - Archive Collection


"Can't Fight Lightning" / "Stop And Smell The Roses" sessions

July 11st-21st, 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Stop and Smell the Roses


Rehearsal session

Jul 04, 1980


Mixing the 1979 Glasgow show

Early February 1980 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Coming Up


Japan Tour Rehearsals

January 2nd - 10th, 1980


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