In a flyer included in his new Wings Over America deluxe box set, Paul McCartney revealed that the next two releases in his official Archive Series will be 1975's Venus And Mars and 1976's Wings At The Speed Of Sound. The albums, are two of the three Wings studio sets to features what is considered the classic lineup of the band -- Paul and Linda McCartney, guitarists Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch, and drummer Joe English. Both albums -- along with 1973's Band On The Run -- the kick-off collection in McCartney's Archive Series -- formed that backbone of McCartney's 1975/1976 Wings Over The World concert setlist.
Both albums are notable for being the first in which the other Wings members were given vocal spotlights, with Laine and McCulloch featured on Venus And Mars -- and all five members featured on Wings At The Speed Of Sound.
Paul McCartney has slowly realized that his work from the '70s belongs to a different generation than the Beatles do: "I think in the States, too, um, a lot of younger people remember Wings now. I've met people, I've been talking about Sgt. Pepper, and there were guys saying, 'Nah, that wasn't really my formative album, it was more Band On The Run.' 'Cause just their age. Y'know, so a lot of people now, who are harking back to the '70s, that was their '60s."
In addition to the newly-released Wings Over America collection, Paul McCartney's previous Archive Series releases include 1970's McCartney, 1971's Ram, 1973's Band On The Run, and 1980's McCartney II.
There's been no street date announced for the Venus And Mars and Wings At The Speed Of Sound reissues.
Paul McCartney tour dates (subject to change):
June 8, 10 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
June 14 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Festival
June 22 - Warsaw, Poland - National Stadium
June 25 - Verona, Italy - Roman Amphitheatre
June 27 - Vienna, Austria - Happel Stadium
July 7 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
July 9 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
July 12 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
July 14 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
July 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Miller Park
July 19 - Safeco Field - Seattle, Washington
July 23 - Quebec City, QC - Plains Of Abraham
August 9, 10, 11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park (***Show Date TBA)
August 12 - Winnipeg, MB - Investors Group Field
August 14 - Regina, SK - Mosaic Stadium At Taylor Field
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