MACCA’S MOTHER SHIP – WOODSTOCK ON WHEELS – LEGEND OF ROCK & ROAD
WNO 481, this international treasure on wheels is firmly parked at the intersection of time-capsule art, timeless chart-topping music / rock and roll and classically beautiful automotive design heritage. The importance of this 1953 Bristol KSW / ECW Open-Top Double-Decker bus cannot be overstated. This authentic, iconic, actual, living, 50 years of rock and roll history on wheels, is surely without equal. This is not like a car or truck seen in a movie where they may use multiple vehicles during filming. This is a true ONE-OFF this is THE ACTUAL UNIQUE bus that is in all the 1972 Wings Over Europe tour videos. The bus that Paul McCartney had painted, that he entrusted himself, his family and his band to for his first European tour, after the break-up of The Beatles.
Paul chose a double-decker bus, the transport of the people, because he wanted to get back to his ‘band on the road’ roots after the heady days of The Beatles, the limos etc. The biggest pop/rock star in the world, the rock star of the people, obtained WNO 481, to be transported and filmed upon across Europe, with his family and his new band.
25 cities, 25 concerts, 9 countries and 2 months on WNO 481, with all the glare of the fans and the world’s media watching and recording.
Today, WNO 481 is a monument and icon of those heady early days in the band’s history, whilst also being a heritage vehicle in its right, with other stories associated with it aplenty, from its long and extraordinary working history.
Paul McCartney himself gave bus WNO 481 its Wings, thus creating this international treasure.
Paul, Wings and WNO 481
Paul McCartney, Wings and WNO 481
Paul McCartney`Lead Vocal, Bass and Piano
Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney tweeted in 2017, ``We've heard that the 1972 Wings Tour Bus is back on the road in the UK. Have info on this? Send us a DM! CLICK FOR MORE
The most famous living rock musician on the planet, Sir Paul McCartney recalls how he customised WNO 481 for the 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour adventures that lay ahead. “We painted the outside psychedelic, like a magic bus,” McCartney says of their tour transport on that halcyon trip. “If you look at it very straight, very conventionally, it was quite a mad thing to do, to put a playpen on the top deck of the bus and put all the children in there while driving around Europe. It was not what you’d expect from a normal band. But we weren’t a normal band.”
Denny SeiwellPaul said, ``Well. We’re going to go out and do it now! We’re going to do a tour of Europe. And we’re going to travel around in an old English double-decker bus.`` CLICK FOR MORE
Well, we did the University Tour, and Paul said, ‘Well. We’re going to go out and do it now! We’re going to do a tour of Europe. And we’re going to travel around in an old English double-decker bus.’
“I’m proud to say that when The Beatles broke up I was the first drummer that he chose to work with him which was quite an honour. We did the Ram album and he asked me to put the group together. I knew that the music we would be recording was going to be timeless, would be here for a long period of time. It was an honour to be a part of that deal.”
Message from Paul McCartney
“I’m so happy that Denny is being honoured as a true legend. He was always a great pleasure to work with not only for his great skill on drums but also his fabulous sense of humour.”
Denny LaineVocal & Guitar
Denny Laine“Denny was very glad to hear you’re restoring the bus as it is a part of Wings early history....`` CLICK FOR MORE
February 2020 Update: We have received messages of support from the great Denny Laine and his partner Elizabeth. “Denny was very glad to hear you’re restoring the bus as it is a part of Wings early history. Denny has relayed some happy times on that bus. We only wish you the best of luck on restoring the bus and look forward to seeing its wonderful completion! It’s exciting to hear the museums are interested to display the bus. It’s possible that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in USA) may be interested in it too, since Denny and Paul are inductees. Denny and I send our best to you. We look forward to seeing the progress.”
Denny Laine is an English musician, singer, and songwriter known as a founder of two major British rock bands: The Moody Blues, with whom he played from 1964 to 1966, and Paul McCartney and Wings, with whom he played from 1971 to 1981. Laine has worked with a variety of artists and groups over a six decade career, and continues to record and perform as a solo artist. In 2018, Laine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Henry McCulloughGuitar and vocals
Henry McCullough``Magical - just like being in a movie.`` CLICK FOR MORE
Henry McCullough began his musical career in the early 60s with the show band the Skyrockets in Ireland. He later moved to London, and with his band Eire Apparent, toured on bills with Pink Floyd, the Move and Jimi Hendrix. From there, he played in Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, even joining the singer at Woodstock. Paul had heard Henry McCullough’s rock guitar on Joe Cocker’s Woodstock version of The Beatles’ song With A Little Help From My Friends and loved the heavier treatment and when the opportunity came for Henry to join Wings it seemed a perfect fit and he played that iconic lead guitar solo on the classic “My Love.”
As well as being a member of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band and Paul McCartney’s Wings Henry recorded in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”, played with Spooky Tooth, Roy Harper, Donovan, Marianne Faithfull and The Beatles guitarist, George Harrison signed him to his record label. Also, his words “I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time” are heard in the end of Pink Floyd’ s song “Time” from “Dark Side of The Moon” album.
When Henry passed away on 14th June 2016 Paul McCartney paid tribute to him, “I was very sad to hear that Henry McCullough, our great Wings guitarist, passed away today. He was a pleasure to work with, a super-talented musician with a lovely sense of humour. The solo he played on ‘My Love’ was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his.”
Linda McCartneySinger and Keyboards
Linda McCartneyPaul and Linda recorded the album Ram and formed the band Wings in 1971. She continued to be part of her husband's touring band following Wings' breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993. CLICK FOR MORE
After the 1970 breakup of the Beatles, Paul and Linda recorded the album Ram and formed the band Wings in 1971. On the 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour with sheer hard work, dedication and determination Linda successfully managed to look ever glamorous by the side of her rock star husband, learn her musical parts, rehearse with the band, perform 25 concerts all whilst raising their children and taking photographs. Touring for 2 months on WNO 481 The 1972 Wings Tour Bus must have been tough but she rose to the challenge.
She continued to be part of her husband’s touring band following Wings’ breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993. Linda became an animal rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks. She also founded the Linda McCartney Foods company with her husband. In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56. Source: Wikipedia
WNO 481 1972 WINGS TOUR BUSWNO 481 The 1972 Wings Tour Bus
1972 WINGS TOUR BUSWNO 481, this inter-national treasure on wheels combines 67 years of classically beautiful design heritage with coming up to 50 years of rock and roll history with the biggest rock star of them all, Paul McCartney. CLICK FOR MORE
WNO 481, this international treasure on wheels is firmly parked at the intersection of time-capsule art, time-less chart-topping music / rock and roll and classically beautiful automotive design heritage. The importance of this 1953 Bristol KSW / ECW Open-Top Double-Decker bus cannot be overstated. This authentic, iconic, actual living 50 years of rock and roll history on wheels is surely without equal. This is not like a car or truck seen in a movie where they may use multiple vehicles during filming. This is a true ONE-OFF this is THE ACTUAL UNIQUE bus that is in all the 1972 Wings Over Europe tour videos.
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