World Premiere Southport Theatre & Convention Centre - 21st January 2017
This new stage show stars Emanuele Angeletti, from the hit stage show “Let it be”, as Paul, with Jill Schoonjans playing Linda.
The first half of the show takes us back to the Wings 1976 World Tour, kicking off as it did then with “Venus and Mars/Rock Show”. Dressed as Paul was on that tour, the vocals and musicianship are great and take you back to that time, if you were lucky to see it, like I was. If you weren’t in the audience during that tour, it gives you a great insight into what Wings were all about, at what was probably their peak.
Some of the songs are shortened versions, so that more great songs can be included, but in this first half we are treated to “Too Many People” and “Another Day”, both songs from the 70’s but which didn’t feature on that 1976 tour. This adds to the pleasure experienced during the show.
Emanuele looks and sounds like Paul and has many of his mannerisms, making it seem like you are at a Paul McCartney gig. Denny Laine is represented with a great rendition of “Go Now”, and the acoustic section features “Yesterday”.
The second half of the show focuses on the post 1970’s part of Paul’s career, featuring a number of songs that Paul has yet to play live including “Pipes of Peace”, “No More Lonely Nights” and “Ebony and Ivory”. Jill covers the Michael Jackson part of “Say Say Say” superbly, giving a fresh look to the song.
One of the highlights for me was the inclusion of “Hope of Deliverance”, a lesser known song but one that sounds great when performed live. We have a few Beatle numbers too such as “Got to Get You into my Life”, before the band take their leave of the stage before the inevitable encore. “I Saw Her Standing There” had everyone up and dancing in the aisles. The encore has a few surprises including “Mull of Kintyre” and “Dance Tonight” before we finish with a shortened version of “Hey Jude”.
All in all an excellent show, which Paul fans who love Wings and his concerts of today will thoroughly enjoy.
The show brings together a great selection of Paul’s post Beatles work making you realise what a great catalogue he has.
It is touring the UK for the next three months so watch out for it in a town near you.
~ Ernie Sutton.