Wings Over The World
Shortly after dawn on Tuesday 9th September 1975 two enormous articulated trucks edged out through the gates of a film studio north of London. They contained twelve and a half tons of electronic equipment – speakers, mixing-desks, amplifiers, lights and instruments. Nobody paid much attention to them, but they were the first tangible sign of one of the biggest roadshows in rock music history, the Wings tour of 1975-76, which was to take in ten countries and play to two million people. The US leg of the tour was the most extensive, with Wings playing 21 cities, performing 34 shows and entertaining an estimated audience of nearly 600,000 people. The first leg of the tour was confined to Britain and set the pattern for what was to come – songs from the Wings albums, Beatles favourites, features for band-members Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch and the celebrated “acoustic set”, in which they all sat in chairs at the front of the stage and ran through a programme of Paul McCartney’s best-loved numbers. The tour continued to the US and throughout Europe with the final concerts being held at Wembley, after which the band took a well-earned rest.