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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 ... Self
Linda McCartney ... Self
Denny Laine Denny Laine ... Self
Jimmy McCulloch Jimmy McCulloch ... Self
Joe English Joe English ... Self
Tony Dorsey Tony Dorsey ... Self
Howie Casey Howie Casey ... Self
Steve Howard Jr. Steve Howard Jr. ... Self
Thaddeus Richard Thaddeus Richard ... Self


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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Jimmy McCulloch died from a mixture of alcohol and morphine in September 1979, just over a year before this was released. 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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The Definitive Wings Show
20 March 2001 | by MooVbuff-3See all my reviews

This video has been out of print for over 10 years. It shows up from time to time at Beatles trade shows and can be found in older video rental stores. Hopefully this will be remastered for DVD someday and include extra moments from this 1976 Seattle show, such as Ringo Starr greeting Paul on stage after the encore.

My videotape leaves out several songs present on the complete Wings Over America cd. This is odd because there is a trailer at the end of the tape that includes "Lady Madonna," which was cut from the 1981 Thorn/EMI release, which I believe is the last commercial release of this video. A few years ago VH-1 aired the show in its entirety the week "Flaming Pie" was released. Sir Paul has gone back and remastered a few Wings cds in the new 5 channel stereo format, so hopefully this will finally become available again. In the meantime, try to find the double cd "Wings Over America," which is also out of print but not hard to find.

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26 November 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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