Wings Over Europe Tour

In the summer of 1972, Paul McCartney's newly formed band, Wings, set out on a concert tour of Europe.

Wings Over Europe Tour
Tour by Wings
Associated album"Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb" singles
Start date9 July 1972
End date24 August 1972
No. of shows25
Wings concert chronology


Coming on the heels of a tour of English universities, the Wings Over Europe Tour was intended to promote recent singles "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb", as well as provide live recordings to be included on a future album. The second objective did not come to fruition for a long time, the album Red Rose Speedway was released in Spring of the next year without any of the concert material. Only the 21 August performance of "The Mess" at The Hague was officially released, as a b-side to Number One single "My Love". Only in 2018, a newly compiled live album "Wings Over Europe" was released in the limited edition boxset "Wings 1971-1973" in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.[1]


The band, with the McCartney children and their road crew, loaded up in a brightly coloured double decker bus for the tour of the continent. The tour proceeded largely without incident, but on 10 August in Gothenburg, Sweden, Paul and Linda McCartney were fined US$1,200 for possession of marijuana. Paul joked that the incident would “make good publicity” for the tour.

Wings' lineup for the tour was Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Henry McCullough, and Denny Seiwell.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
9 July 1972 Ollioules France Centre Culturel de Châteauvallon
12 July 1972 Juan-les-Pins Le Théâtre de la Mer Jean Marais
13 July 1972 Arles Théâtre Antique
14 July 1972 Lyon Unknown – Show canceled[2]
16 July 1972 Paris L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
18 July 1972 Munich Germany Circus Krone Building
19 July 1972 Frankfurt Stadthalle Offenbach
21 July 1972 Zurich Switzerland Tonhalle
22 July 1972 Montreux Pavillon Montreux
1 August 1972 Copenhagen Denmark K.B. Hallen
4 August 1972 Helsinki Finland Messuhalli
5 August 1972 Turku Kupittaa Sports Hall
7 August 1972 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
8 August 1972 Örebro Idretshalle
9 August 1972 Oslo Norway Njårdhallen
10 August 1972 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
11 August 1972 Lund Olympen
12 August 1972 Odense Denmark Fyns Forum
14 August 1972 Aarhus Vejlby-Risskov Hallen
16 August 1972 Düsseldorf Germany Rheinhalle
17 August 1972 Rotterdam Netherlands De Doelen
19 August 1972 Groningen Evenementenhal Martinihal
20 August 1972 Amsterdam Concertgebouw
21 August 1972 The Hague Nederlands Congresgebouw
22 August 1972 Antwerp Belgium Cinema Roma
24 August 1972 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle

Set listEdit

Average set list[3]
  1. Intro / "Eat At Home"
  2. "Smile Away" (Paul & Linda McCartney cover)
  3. "Bip Bop"
  4. "Mumbo"
  5. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys cover)
  6. "1882" (Paul McCartney song)
  7. "I Would Only Smile" (Denny Laine song)
  8. "Give Ireland Back to the Irish"
  9. "The Mess"
  10. "Best Friend" (Paul McCartney song)
  11. "Soily"
  12. "I Am Your Singer"
  13. "Henry's Blues" (Henry McCullough song)
  14. "Say You Don't Mind" (Denny Laine song)
  15. "Seaside Woman" (Linda McCartney song)
  16. "Wild Life"
  17. "My Love"
  18. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  19. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (Paul McCartney song)
  20. "Hi, Hi, Hi"
    • Encore
  21. "Long Tall Sally" (Little Richard cover)