Wings University Tour

Wings University Tour


9 February 1972

University of Nottingham,   Nottingham,   NG7 2RD  United Kingdom


10 February 1972

Goodricke College Dining Room,   University of York,   Heslington,   York,   YO10 5DD  United Kingdom


11 February 1972

University of Hull,   Hull,   East Riding of Yorkshire.   HU6 7RX   United Kingdom


13 February 1972

Newcastle University,   Newcastle upon Tyne,   Tyne and Wear,   NE1 7RU   United Kingdom


14 February 1972

Lancaster University,   Bailrigg,   Lancaster,   LA1 4YW   United Kingdom


16 February 1972

Leeds Town Hall,   The Headrow,   Leeds,  LS1 3AD   United Kingdom


17 February 1972

The University of Sheffield,   Sheffield,   South Yorkshire,   S10 2TN  United Kingdom


18 February 1972

University of Manchester,   Manchester,   M13 9PL  United Kingdom


21 February 1972

University of Birmingham,   Birmingham,   West Midlands,   B15 2TT  United Kingdom


22 February 1972

Swansea University,   Singleton Park,   Swansea,   SA2 8PP   United Kingdom


23 February 1972

University of Oxford,   Oxford,   OX1 2JD  United Kingdom

Tour Information

Paul, Linda and their three daughters set off from St John’s Wood, London with three dogs, three Wings (one with wife), two roadies, a truck and a caravan and headed north. The well-established college circuit seemed the best bet for impromptu gigs and so it was that Nottingham University entered the history books as the venue for Wings’ first performance on 8th February 1972 – a lunchtime show, too, something Paul hadn’t done since Cavern days. In the light of his career before and since, it’s amazing to think of Wings turning up with no hotels booked – they were thrown out of one in Hull – living off fish and chips and resting up in Scarborough, playing tapes of their early gigs like any nervous new band. “We went off on our little university tour, which was great,” Paul remembers. “It was very ballsy to do, really, I couldn’t think of anything else. It didn’t feel ballsy at the time, it just felt like, well, what else do I do? We literally took off in a van up the M1, got to Ashby-de-la-Zouch, liked that name, 'Great! Turn off here'. But there wasn’t a gig, there was just a little village and nothing else there. It was a signpost. Anyway we kept going until we got to Nottingham University, and then it suddenly hit, 'Ah, that’s it – let’s do universities.'” The cost for tickets to the first show was just 40p, with proceeds being split between all the band members. For Paul, it was a way of starting afresh after The Beatles, a way to reconnect with a new set of fans and go back-to-basics. “That tour of ’72, just some kids who were there, haven’t particularly been into The Beatles, just became Linda fans. That’s where all that started.”