Whatever their faults, these two Wings albums remain amiable artifacts from a moment of deep domesticity for Paul McCartney.
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Denny Laine has repaired whatever tore him apart from Wings in the early 1980s, adding that he and ex-bandmate Paul McCartney talk often — though not about collaborating.
What ever happened, you say, to Denny Laine — the guy who helped found two instantly recognizable bands, the Moody Blues and then Wings, before virtually disappearing? Good question.
Paul McCartney, in his green metal suit, prepares once again to shoot up the city. And the ring at the end of his nose (oh, yes it does) makes him look rather pretty. And just like that, Rockshow — this once lost artifact — is underway.
Members of certain generations instantly sense excitement when hearing the opening lyrics to “Venus and Mars”: “Sitting in the stand of the sports arena, waiting for the show to begin.”
Sellout crowds. Onstage marriage proposals. Grasshopper infestations. Paul McCartney’s latest world tour has been eventful, finding him presiding over a successful marriage proposal and fending off insects pelting him as he performs “Hey Jude.”
It’s much easier, nearly four decades later, to separate the music from the moment when it comes to Wings Over America. Back then, this multi-disc concert souvenir from Paul McCartney seemed like a triumphant musical summation.
Bev Bevan, later a founding member of the Move and the Electric Light Orchestra, says a chance meeting with the Beatles years earlier provided a huge ego boost when Paul McCartney praised his drumming.
‘We were very lucky to have them': Justin Hayward discusses the Beatles’ influence on the Moody Blues
The Moody Blues have been inextricably linked to the Beatles since the 1960s — and not just because Denny Laine eventually became a cornerstone of Paul McCartney’s solo band Wings. For Justin Hayward, “Love Me Do” was a big-bang moment.
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.