Rockshow

  • Film
  • Documentaries
Not so much a movie as a scrapbook folly which captures Wings' last concert on their 1976 world tour. Held at the cavernous King Dome in Seattle, it's beer and skittles for affluent suburbia. Cheesy grins and dully-directed spectacle abound as the band zip through a selection of the greatest hits from the period - with an odd Beatle song thrown in to show who actually wrote it. Paul McCartney is the epitome of good-natured professionalism; Linda is gawky and excited; the late Jimmy McCulloch, pasty-faced and a mite nervous; Joe English, beefy and flailing; Denny Laine, laddish and competent. The show reinforces how erratic McCartney can be. While his voice, bass playing and songwriting can be genuinely adventurous ('Maybe I'm Amazed' is a rare high point), he still comes up with an inanity like 'Silly Love Songs' (surely a nadir in pop). And why does he persist in surrounding himself with musicians who flatter rather than provoke his talent? An interminable experience.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Uncredited
Cast: Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Jimmy McCulloch
Joe English
Denny Laine

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|2
1 person listening
Tee Eff

To quote a line from the film's title song: "Likle a relic from a different age", this is McCartney at the top of his game. With the Beatles only a half dozen years in the rear-view mirror, he carries the show on the strength of Wings' three most recent albums at the time (Band on the Run, Venus & Mars, and Speed of Sound), plus solo classics like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "My Love". Drawn from 4 shows of Wings' landmark "Over America" tour, this is the classic mid-70's lineup of the band: Ex-Moody Blues vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine (whose turn on the classic "Go Now" highlights how grood a BAND McCartney had assembled), guitar god in the making Jimmy McCulloch (a protege of Pete Townshend), drummer Joe English, and of course, Mrs. McCartney. And don't overlook the contribution of the horn-section (Paul - bring them back ... PLEASE !). From the opening medley of "Venus & Mars / Rock Show / Jet" to the closing (and at that time unreleased) number "Soily", McCartney knocks it out of the park; and unlike his current outings, does it without over reliance on Beatles songs - only 5 are included in the set. NOT TO BE MISSED. "Like a relic from a different age", indeed !

Tee Eff

To quote a line from the film's title song: "Likle a relic from a different age", this is McCartney at the top of his game. With the Beatles only a half dozen years in the rear-view mirror, he carries the show on the strength of Wings' three most recent albums at the time (Band on the Run, Venus & Mars, and Speed of Sound), plus solo classics like "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "My Love". Drawn from 4 shows of Wings' landmark "Over America" tour, this is the classic mid-70's lineup of the band: Ex-Moody Blues vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine (whose turn on the classic "Go Now" highlights how grood a BAND McCartney had assembled), guitar god in the making Jimmy McCulloch (a protege of Pete Townshend), drummer Joe English, and of course, Mrs. McCartney. And don't overlook the contribution of the horn-section (Paul - bring them back ... PLEASE !). From the opening medley of "Venus & Mars / Rock Show / Jet" to the closing (and at that time unreleased) number "Soily", McCartney knocks it out of the park; and unlike his current outings, does it without over reliance on Beatles songs - only 5 are included in the set. NOT TO BE MISSED. "Like a relic from a different age", indeed !