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Rockshow (1980)

In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary "... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Paul McCartney ... Himself
Linda McCartney ... Herself
Denny Laine Denny Laine ... Himself
Jimmy McCulloch Jimmy McCulloch ... Himself
Joe English Joe English ... Himself
Tony Dorsey Tony Dorsey ... Himself
Howie Casey Howie Casey ... Himself
Steve Howard Jr. Steve Howard Jr. ... Himself
Thaddeus Richard Thaddeus Richard ... Himself


In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary "Wings over America" triple live album and the concert film "Rockshow". Although filmed on this tour at the enormous Kingdome in Seattle, "Rockshow", originally a cut down version of the concert, was not premiered until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London. It was released on Betamax and later on laserdisc. Now for the first time the complete full length concert is being made available fully restored from the original 35mm film and with restored & remastered sound, including a 5.1 mix for the first time. This is Paul McCartney and Wings live on stage in a concert that is destined to live forever!

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In concert. On film. At last.


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Release Date:

26 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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Paul McCartney & the Wings Rockshow See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Each concert of the 1976 North American tour provided a different number of songs for this movie. New York provided four songs; Seattle provided five songs whilst L.A. provided 21 songs from two concerts, 15 from the first night and 6 from the second night. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1997 VH-1 broadcast version had edited out 2 songs: "Spirits of Ancient Egypt" and "Magneto and Titanium Man" but added 7 songs that were cut from the original theatrical release, including "Call Me Back Again," "Lady Madonna," "The Long and Winding Road," "Picasso's Last Words," "Richard Cory," "Blackbird" and "My Love". The 1997 VH-1 broadcast's running time is 113 minutes plus the film's frame speed was made faster in order to squeeze the film into a 2 and a half-hour running time including commercials. See more »


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5 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rockshow (1980)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The title to this concert film is quite fitting as it covers the 1976 U.S. tour by Paul McCartney and Wings. I've seen countless shows of The Beatles as well as McCartney solo but this was the first time I had ever seen a complete (or near complete) show by Wings. I wasn't really sure what to expect especially since I've read some negative things about this film but for the most part I thought the documentary was highly entertaining and the concert was great. I've read a few people complain about the actual look of the concert and while it isn't nearly as well filmed as shows today, for its time the thing still looks pretty good. If you watch many concert films recorded from this era they pretty much look like this. With that out of the way, the music is what's really important and we've got some major winners here. The entire concert is a blast with many great hits, some lesser known tunes and everything from loud rock to some quieter ballads. The best way to see this film is in its uncut, 139-minute glory, which was remastered and re-released in 2013. This includes several great songs that were missing from the previous theatrical version including a wonderful and touching version of "Blackbird." Other great tunes include "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Let Me Roll It," "My Love," "Silly Love Songs" and the rocking "Band on the Run," which has quickly become my favorite song from McCartney. McCartney and the band show a lot of energy throughout the show and I especially liked the softer, acoustic side.

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