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It's shaping up to be a banner year for fans of Paul McCartney's mid-'70s band Wings. Wings Over America, the band's chart-topping live album, will be reissued in a variety of formats on May 27 and Rockshow, a live concert film documenting the same 1976 tour, will be released on DVD for the first time on June 10.
If that wasn't enough, a special one-night-only theatrical showing on the film is set for May 15 in more than 500 theaters around the world, with McCartney appearing and introducing the film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
That '76 tour captured McCartney's post-Beatles combo in their prime, performing some of their biggest hits, such as "Band on the Run," "My Love," and "Live and Let Die," as well as McCartney's first-ever performance of such Beatles' classics as "Lady Madonna," "Blackbird," and "Yesterday." McCartney created quite a stir upon the album's initial release by reversing the songwriting credits on those songs to read "P. McCartney – J. Lennon" rather than the traditional "Lennon—McCartney."
For the hardest-core fans, the deluxe reissue of the album – originally a three-record set on vinyl – will be packaged as a four-book, four-disc (three CDs and a DVD) Deluxe Box Set. It will contain the original album remastered as well as a bonus disc recorded live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The DVD will feature the rare 75-minute TV special Wings Over the World and a photo gallery.
In addition, the set will feature four art books, including a 110-page tour book, with new interviews and liner notes by David Fricke. The Tour Itinerary features glossy band photos, and memorabilia, including a replica of an invitation to the end-of-tour party held in Beverly Hills, as well as concert tickets, set lists and more. There's also a book of Linda McCartney tour photos titled Look! and The Ocean View is a hardback sketch book by artist Humphrey Ocean, capturing the band on tour.
Rockshow, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, was originally released on Beatmax, but this marks the first time it's been released fully restored from the original 35mm film with a 5.1 audio mix. It captures the band performing at Seattle's Kingdom.
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