Wings live: Odeon, Birmingham

Wings performed at the Odeon in Birmingham, England, on 12 December 1979.

It was the 15th night of the 19-date Wings UK Tour 1979.

Wings were Paul McCartney on vocals, guitar, bass guitar, and keyboards; Linda McCartney on vocals and keyboards; Denny Laine on vocals, guitar, and bass guitar; Laurence Juber on guitar; and Steve Holley on drums, plus a horns and brass section consisting of Howie Casey, Tony Dorsey, Steve Howard, and Thaddeus Richard.

Birmingham Odeon and here, there and everywhere: Paul is alone onstage, just his acoustic guitar and voice and a song he wrote called ‘Scrambled Eggs’. Paul’s changed the words since and as he sings ‘Yesterday’… Oooh, magic. Sad yet uplifting, a hurt painted optimistic. Magic. Yes.

The McCartneys seem so normal. Or perhaps not. To go through that Beatle craziness, one could argue that Paul is weird. Weird because he isn’t cracked, isn’t wounded, isn’t a casualty. Weird because he and Linda are so madly in love, weird because he and his lady can lead a family life as mum and dad and yet control

the enormous success that is Wings. If someone was to offer me conclusive proof that Mr and Mrs McCartney were not a happy couple, not for one moment would I believe them?

And yet — one might even wonder if there’s some hidden secret darkness beyond public visibility. Perhaps every full moon Paul and Linda turn into werewolves and cause terror and mayhem.

No way. How do I know? Because I would have bumped into them on my own lunar travels.

BP Fallon
Club Sandwich #17, 1980

The Beatles had performed at the Birmingham Odeon on 11 October 1964 and 9 December 1965. Wings had previously played there on 6 July 1973.

Wings 1979 UK Tour poster

Concert setlist

Wings UK Tour 1979 dates

Last updated: 11 January 2024
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