The Touchstone Of The Genius

How amazing it could be to sit in the actual seat occupied by ‘Music’s Greatest’ Paul McCartney let the creativity flow and inspire the next generation of songwriters to write a great song or even a hit song.

From 9th July to 24th August 1972 Wings Tour Bus travelled 7,500 miles with Paul sitting in his favourite seat, front left lower deck. At times he would be relaxing on the open-top deck on the mattresses, bean bags and cushions rehearsing and bonding with his new band and enjoying family time with Linda, Mary, Heather and 10 month old baby Stella McCartney. All this during one of the most pivotal, creative and romantic periods of not just his career but his life.

Sarah Ferguson of ABC Australia asked Paul, “In those scenes in the film (Get Back) you’ve got John Lennon with you as you’re creating those songs. How long did it take you to figure out how to write songs without his great mind and great skills sitting alongside you?”

We talked later and we missed each other’s input. For me John’s input was very important and very skilful. These days even when I’m writing a song I will kind of check with him, just, you know, mentally… does this suck like I think it does? Right, let’s get rid of it and start again. Yeah, I really miss that and I know he missed contact with me too.” – Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney co-founded The Beatles with John Lennon and was very much to the fore with John in not only their amazing song-writing partnership, the most successful ever, but also their incredible and perfect vocal blend, the finest ever. Whenever and whatever Paul writes he brings the experience of his creativity with John Lennon and The Beatles to bear. John was surely on Paul’s shoulder during his time on the bus. George and Ringo were surely there too. Paul has often said about the time he and John were arguing and John lowered his glasses, looked over the top of them and chirped, “It’s only me!”

According to Paul Paul worked on songs for the Red Rose Speedway album for most of 1972 so it is entirely possible that Paul was inspired to write and work on songs during that 7,500 miles on the bus from 9th July to 24th August. A few short weeks later in October 1972 Paul went into Abbey Road to record the tracks for the RED ROSE SPEEDWAY album.  Also recorded at the same time was Grammy Winning LIVE & LET DIE the first James Bond theme song to be nominated for an Oscar. We are left shaken & stirred by the tantalising thought that the time spent beforehand on 1972 WINGS TOUR BUS WNO 481 may have contributed to Paul’s creative output. If that is the case as Roger Moore’s James Bond might say we are proud to have been of ‘secret service’ – more…

The atmosphere on 1972 Wings Tour Bus was perfect for song-writing; the rhythm of the open road, the sunshine, the warmth, the space and comfort on the open top deck, the movement, the away-from-it-all freedom, the hum of the road music etc. may all have contributed to Paul’s feeling of well-being and with John ever-present on his shoulder history would show Paul’s creative genius continued as strong as ever.

Richard Marx said that when he was on the road in the days before mobile phones and digital recorders he would get a flash of inspiration that was so strong that he had to stop off at a pay-phone, call home and sing his idea to his ansafone.

Paul’s Seat – Front Nearside
Paul has always been a creative genius and for a writer it could be just perfect to have that genius atmosphere supporting their inspiration and empowering their ‘creatives’ (creative ideas) to come out to play. A perfect antidote to the dreaded writer’s block?

How amazing and creatively inspiring it could be to sit in the actual seat occupied by ‘Music’s Greatest’ Paul McCartney and just let the creativity flow.

The seat that Paul occupied for two months and 7,500 miles during one of the most pivotal, creative and romantic periods of not just his career but his life.

The Top Deck
Mattresses, bean bags, cushions, Stella’s playpen all contributed to the feeling of space, freedom and relaxation that Paul, family and band enjoyed for 7,500 miles.

Guests who enjoyed the 1972 Wings Tour Bus Experience.

At The NEC Classic Motor Show we asked friends, colleagues and visitors who came on board to sign our Guest Book and to share their thoughts about the unveiling of our Magical History Tour de force Ticket To Ride Restoration of 1972 Wings Tour Bus.

“Cheers, AMAZED”, Howie Casey, Paul McCartney & Wings legendary sax player.

Howie Casey CV

“Thanks Tom! Fabulous achievement – getting the bus back on the road. Thoroughly enjoyed the gig.” Joe Jones, Howie Casey’s musical partner.

Howie Casey, legendary sax player with Paul McCartney & Wings plays a beautiful live version of Paul’s classic song for Linda, My Love

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“Wings toured the world and became the best-selling pop act of the 1970s, with an astonishing 27 U.S. Top 40 hits (beating Elton John’s 25) and five consecutive number one albums, including the highly acclaimed Band on the Run (1973) and Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976).” Britannica – more…

On 18th March 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings was the very first band to rock at the very first Hard Rock Cafe – more…