With a return by Paul McCartney on tap this summer at Miller Park, the arrival of "Rockshow," is well-timed.
The film, which screens at the Bayshore iPic at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, was filmed on the same 1975-76 U.S. tour that led to Paul McCartney & Wingsâ€™ triple-live album, "Wings Over America."
The record, which topped the charts in America in 1977, is itself getting a deluxe makeover this month.
Unlike the vinyl, however, "Rockshow," which took years to emerge, finally debuting in 1980, doesnâ€™t appear to have any studio overdubs (though, admittedly, itâ€™s not easy to tell). And this cut of the film has 30 songs and runs 141 minutes â€“ restoring the original length, which was chopped for home video release â€“ including a 12-minute interview with McCartney.
For me, "Wings Over America" was a seminal record, arriving at the height of my Beatles fixation. I played it ad infinitum (maybe ad nauseum, according to my mom), so seeing the same band playing the same songs â€“ often in the same performances captured on the record â€“ offers a new and unusual, but interesting, dimension.
As a drummer, I was pleased to see that Joe English used the same non-traditional open grip (left hand on the hi-hat, right hand on the snare) that served me well (or not, depending on whom you ask!).
The inclusion of a number of tunes not featuring McCartney as frontman â€“ including Denny Laine singing "Go Now," a hit for the Moody Blues during his tenure â€“ remind us that despite what many thought, McCartney really did view Wings as more than a solo vehicle.
But, Milwaukee, even 30-odd years ago, McCartney mixed new material with old favorites and thatâ€™s a reminder that heâ€™ll likely do the same when he performs here on July 16. The oldies will likely overlap: "Maybe Iâ€™m Amazed," "My Love," "Yesterday."
But what was new when "Rockshow" was filmed â€“ "Silly Love Songs," "Let Em In," "Beware My Love," etc. â€“ are now oldies, too. Expect to hear some of them.
For the trainspotters, hereâ€™s a set list from the film:
- "Venus And Mars"/"RockShow"/ "Jet"
- "Let Me Roll It"
- "Spirits Of Ancient Egypt"
- "Medicine Jar"
- "Maybe Iâ€™m Amazed"
- "Call Me Back Again"
- "Lady Madonna"
- "The Long And Winding Road"
- "Live And Let Die"
- "Picassoâ€™s Last Words"
- "Richard Cory"
- "Iâ€™ve Just Seen A Face"
- "You Gave Me The Answer"
- "Magneto And Titanium Man"
- "Go Now"
- "My Love"
- "Listen To What The Man Said"
- "Let â€˜Em In"
- "Time To Hide"
- "Silly Love Songs"
- "Beware My Love"
- "Letting Go"
- "Band on the Run"
- "Hi, Hi, Hi"
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