Denny Laine, long-time former collaborator with Paul McCartney and Wings, is at work on a new memoir — and he says McCartney is lending a hand.
“Paul’s helping me do it, so that’s going to be good,” Laine says in an in-depth interview with Prism Films. “He’ll remind me of a few stories, and vise versa. … I don’t always get it quite right, but at least I’m enthusiastic about what I’m writing about. We have a laugh about that.”
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Laine also addresses his split with Wings, after a tenure from 1971-81 that saw him toil as the band’s only consistent member besides Paul and Linda McCartney. Laine says he’s still cordial with Paul, even recounting an occasion when he ran into McCartney at a UB40 concert at Wembley Stadium. They watched the concert together, Laine says, reminiscing about the late Linda McCartney’s love of reggae.
“Whatever people think, they don’t know what went down,” Laine tells Prism Films. “I would never talk about negative things, because it was such a positive experience, the whole thing. … The main reason I moved on is, I wanted to progress — in my way. I was ready to go out and do my own thing. We never fell out. It wasn’t like that.”
Laine, who had been a member of the original line up of the Moody Blues before joining Wings, says he’s also considering a musical collaboration with fellow band co-founder Mike Pinder.