Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One Long Loon

The second leg of Wings' 1972 European tour began August 1st in Copenhagen and concluded on the 24th in West Berlin.

Along the way they visited Finland (Helsinki and Turku), Sweden (Stockholm, Orebro, Goteborg, and Lund), Norway (Oslo), Denmark (Odense and Arhus), and Dusseldorf, West Germany.

By the time they reached the Netherlands on August 17th, Paul felt the act was tight enough to begin recording and filming the shows professionally for possible release.

The opening medley from the August 19th Groningen show, "Eat At Home"/"Smile Away", was recently released as a bonus download with the Ram deluxe reissue.

On August 20th, Wings played the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the same day, Paul and Linda were interviewed for the VPRO radio show Popsmuk. They also performed an exclusive ad-lib number for the broadcast, with Henry McCullough on piano, called "Complain To The Queen".

August 21st found Wings at the Congresgebouw in the Hague, a performance filmed for a potential TV special called the Bruce McMouse Show:

The B-side of "My Love", a live rendition of "The Mess", also comes from the Hague concert. August 22nd had Wings playing at the Cine Rome in Antwerp, Belgium; this concert was also recorded (it's the source of the outtake "Best Friend"):

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