Paul McCartney & Wings 1975
Australian Tour
"Rock and Roll at the Myer Music Bowl"


The year 1974 ended with the release of "Juniorís Farm" in November and work began on the first new LP in over 12 months at Abbey Road Studios. In January 1975 Wings traveled to New Orleans. Paul stated, "to achieve an even greater flexibility with the blues-rock sound". January also saw The Wings line-up change once again with the addition of Joe English on drums. The new LP Venus And Mars along with the single "Listen To What The Man Said" were released in May. These were the first records not released on the Apple label and were distributed with the MPL logo instead. These were the first releases credited solely to Wings, dropping the ĎPaul McCartney Andí. With a new line-up and LP, it was time to rehearse for the first Wings concerts in over two years. This would be no ordinary Wings tour, but a full fledged World Tour beginning with Britain and Australia September 9 Ė November 14.

Flying South

The demand to see Wings perform in Australia was enormous. The two Melbourne concerts scheduled at the Myer Music Bowl were quick sell-outs. Due to overwhelming ticket demand, the November 13th concert was videotaped and dedicated to "all the people who couldnít get to see us". Two days earlier, Paul was informed that he and his wife Linda were banned from entering Japan for a series of concerts at the Budokan Hall. Then he requested a copy of the concert be sent to Japan to compensate disappointed fans. It should also be noted, that MPL documented the entire tour. Several hours of candid and concert footage were captured on film. The concert was also professionally recorded and mixed from 16-track tape for possible commercial release.

The Australian and Japanese TV broadcasts were not the complete concert. They were edited down to under an hour each, and both were subjected to heavy post-production. The version for Japan added subtitles and removed nearly all in-between talk. Extra crowd noise was added to cover crude edits and references to Australia. The edited Japan TV version has been available to collectors for over 20 years. The original unedited videotape was not unearthed until 1995. The master does not contain the annoying subtitles that plague previous issues. * The discovery of this tape was quite astounding and provides us with the only complete Wings concert from this period. The 1975 concerts were very exciting as the tour was fresh and the band was in great sprits. Not as polished and scripted as the 1976 tour, the band appears quite relaxed and spontaneously chat it up with the audience.

Picture Perfect is presenting Wings Fly South from the original open-reel videotape. This is the complete multi-camera shot concert from tuning to end. A complete track-by-track remastering was required to compensate for imperfections in the original source tape. While rediscovering the original videotape was like finding buried treasure, decades of improper storage rendered sections of the tape damaged. We have acquired a safety copy made directly from the original Pal master and reproduced an incredible transfer. Utilizing this transfer as the starting point, we then located all the audio and visual elements available. ATU productions have replaced the audio/visual glitches from the damaged portions of the concert. We proudly present the most complete and enjoyable version to date. Twenty of the songs are being presented with the remix from 16-track. This presentation is a revelation, seeing the entire show restored like never before!

Songs performed (not in any real order?):

* Tuning
* You Gave Me The Answer
* Venus And Mars/Rock Show *
* Magneto And Titanium Man
* Jet
* Go Now
* Let Me Roll It
* Call Me Back Again
* Spirits Of Ancient Egypt
* My Love
* Little Woman Love/C Moon
* Listen To What The Man Said
* Maybe Iím Amazed
* Letting Go
* Lady Madonna
* Medicine Jar
* The Long And Winding Road
* Juniorís Farm
* Live And Let Die
* Band On The Run
* Picassoís Last Words (Drink To Me)
Encore #1:
* Richard Cory
* Hi, Hi, Hi
* Bluebird
Encore #2:
* Iíve Just Seen A Face
* Soily
* Blackbird
* Yesterday


* Melbourne Soundcheck: Raw film footage of Paul and Wings from the MPL archives.

*Note: due to unrepairable damage to the master tape, a portion of "Venus and Mars/ Rockshow" was taken from the Japanese TV broadcast.