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May 11, 1976 - Image 8

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Page Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesdcy, May 11, 1976

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, May 11, 1976

Wings over otown

Detroiters got their first
chance in ten years to see Paul
McCartney live Friday night at
Olympia Stadium. The concert
was a sellout, implying that
the audience wanted very much
to hear him. What they heard,
though, was his band, Wings.
In the midst of theatrical ef-
fects such as smoke machines,
bombs, strobe and neon lights,
as well as a laser light show,
the band played for over two
hours to a crowd that was ob-
viously enthralled with being in
the same room as a Beatle. Mc-
Cartney obliged on occasion with
Beatle-era songs which, as it
happened, were the highlight of
the show.
ARRIVING to a tumultuous
uproar and an explosion of flash-
tmlbs, McCartney proceeded to
play five songs made popular
by Wings, including the great
mock-Lennon "Let Me Roll It,"
one of his strongest pieces of
post-Beatle writing. He then
climbed steps leading to a piano
high above the band to play
"Maybe I'm Amazed," written
Photography
by
Steve Kogan
Review by
Tim Prentiss

and recorded while the Beatles
were still together.
Once again the crowd came
alive with cheers and bulbs.
McCartney, always the show-
man, milked the false ending
of the song for all it was worth,
finishing with a slicker ending
in the later McCartney style.
He soon continued with what he
called "a stomper" - "Lady
Madonna," and then went on to
play "Long and Winding Road"
and the acoustic "I've Just Seen
a Face."
Left alone onstage with an
acoustic twelve-string, McCart-
ney played "Blackbird" from
the Beatles' White Album. He
then turned to the crowd and
hopes aloud that this would be
the one they remembered -

playing "Yesterday" to a
chorus of female screams and
sighs.
THE REST of the show fea-
tured songs from the various
Wings albums, ranging from
"Jet" and "Oh Yeah" to later
songs from their recent At The
Speed of Sound. On "Live and
Let Die" and the "Hi, Hi, Hi"
encore, light shows and smoke
bombs were necessary to make
any kind of significant effect.
The four-person horn section
carried "Listen What The Man
Said" with excellent musician-
ship, the best in the show,
though McCartney's bass play-
ing throughout was worth not-
ing.
See McCARTNEY, Page 9

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