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BBC Three Counties Radio with Nick Coffer

Nick Coffer interviews Tom Jennings about WNO 481 Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus.

Guests include renowned artist Geoffrey Cleghorn, friend of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Rolling Stones et al. Geoffrey painted the artwork for Paul McCartney.

Also interviewed was Denny Seiwell, the legendary Wings drummer, who played on the 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour and travelled for two months in The Summer of ’72 – The Summer of Wings – on WNO 481, Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus.

Nick Coffer: “You’ve got this new owner, Tom Jennings, who bought the bus a year ago, he’s having it restored and it’s going to be back to its full glory. How does that feel for you? Obviously that was 49 years ago, you’re based in LA. Does it matter to you? Does it feel nice that this bus is going to come back to what it once was?

Denny Seiwell: “Oh sure it does. Everything should come full circle. Those were such formative years, you know. They were profound in many ways as far as my life went> You know as far as going from a top session guy to becoming a band guy and becoming part of a band called Wings. And that bus was a big part of it because the European Tour that was our breaking out. The other stuff before that was nice but this was saying ‘ok, we’re ready now’. We had put a lot of hard work into becoming a real band. The last tour that I did was the British Tour and by that time we were really solid as a high performing… one of the top bands in the land.”

Also interviewed was Chris Edwards whose Dad actually drove WNO 481.

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WNO 481 – PAUL McCARTNEY’S 1972 WINGS TOUR BUS VIDEO

in 2017 Paul McCartney tweeted to his millions of followers on Twitter, “We’ve heard the 1972 Wings Tour Bus is back on the road in the UK. Have information on this? Send us a DM!

Enjoy this excellent compilation of video footage to the soundtrack of Sir Paul’s Yesterday.

 

PAUL McCARTNEY & WNO 481

“We knew we were going to tour in Europe and that the weather would be nice, and the idea of being stuck in a bus all the time, going from city to city, hotel to hotel, wasn’t too appealing so we decided to travel around in an open-top bus and get some sunshine as we travelled from one place to another.”

– Paul McCartney.

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The first show of the European tour was booked for a deliberately out-of-the-way location – a 2,000-seat Roman amphitheatre at Châteauvallon, high in the pine-forested hills above Toulon on the south-eastern coast of France. Here, before the gig, on Sunday, 9 July 1972, Paul gave an informal press conference. ‘I’m starting all over again and working my way upwards,’ he accepted. ‘You don’t fight Cassius Clay on your first time out.’ He hinted at his recent crisis of confidence and the worry of being smothered by the weight of his reputation:

‘A year ago, I used to wake up in the morning and think, I’m a myth. I’m Paul McCartney. And it scared the hell out of me.’ “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.”

 

WNO481 Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings Tour Bus
WNO 481 Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings Tour Bus

 

Paul McCartney’s Wings Achievements

Paul McCartney’s Career Achievements

PAUL McCARTNEY, WINGS & WNO 481 TRAVELLED 12,072 KILOMETRES-ACROSS-EUROPE

Paul McCartney, Wings & WNO 481 travelled 12,072 kilometres, 7,500 miles to do 25 concerts in 25 cities in 9 countries across Europe.

Paul McCartney's 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour Map

July / August 1972 Wings Over Europe

WNO 481 is THE bus that Paul McCartney customised for his first major tour without The Beatles after their break-up in 1970.

By 1972 with The Happening at Woodstock in 1969 still ringing in everyone’s ears Paul got himself a double-decker open-top bus and turned it into Macca’s Mother Ship by having it painted in a ‘Woodstock on Wheels peace and love’ psychedelic design. He then set off with family and band on board to kick-start loud and proud the legendary Wings phase of his musical life and continue his amazing streak of writing and performing songs that would ultimately make music / rock and roll history. 25 concerts in 25 cities in 9 countries in Europe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_Over_Europe_Tour

Our amazing bus combines 67 years of beautiful classic automotive transport of the people design heritage, coming up to 50 years of music / rock and roll history on wheels and time-capsule Magical Mystery Tour artwork painted by the renowned Geoffrey Cleghorn, friend of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Stones et al. Also involved with setting up the bus was Paul’s Tour Manager Tom Salter, owner of the Gear boutiques of Carnaby St and Kings Road fame.

Paul McCartney, the biggest pop/rock star on the planet, really did give WNO 481 its Wings, thus creating a true inter-national treasure. It is said that Paul wrote time-less classics such as My Love and James Bond theme song Live and Let Die on the bus.

WNO 481 & MPL

“We would like to wish you the best of luck with the refurbishment and please do send photographs when the bus is completed.”
MPL (Sir Paul McCartney’s Company)

WNO 481 – INVITATIONS & HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Here is just a selection of the invitations and honourable mentions that WNO 481 Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus has attracted.

Paul McCartney gave our bus WNO 481 its Wings. Its place therefore in the history of rock and roll and the history of popular music culture is assured.

WNO 481 – WE CAN REBUILD HER

Mission Impossible it is not, we can rebuild her. We have the technology and it needn’t cost 6 million dollars!

 

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