“My ideal is to play off the back of a bus” – Paul McCartney
Click to play the soundtrack plus interviews with Paul McCartney and others who were there.
The roller-coaster Ticket To Ride again restoration has given us the opportunity to re-imagine and engineer the open top deck of Paul McCartney’s 1972 Wings Tour Bus WNO 481 so that it now has an amazing new power, the ability to transform into a performance stage fit to grace any festival or event from Glastonbury to Woodstock. Paul McCartney’s ‘Ideal…’ is now possible.
Inspired by The Beatles Rooftop Concert and named in honour of its very own superstar The McCartney Stage evokes memories of its 50 year association with the biggest rock star on the planet to provide the perfect setting for music to be made and performed.
A Songwriting-Demo Suite.
How amazing and creatively inspiring it could be to sit in the actual seat occupied by Music’s Greatest for two months during one of his most creative periods.
Legend also has it that Paul may even have written or been inspired to write during that 7 week tour on the bus. Before the tour Paul was given a copy of Live and Let Die the James Bond novel that was going into production. Paul had been asked by the producers to write the theme song. Just a few short weeks after the tour in 1972 Paul went into Abbey Road and recorded tracks for the Red Rose Speedway album. These included the classic and beautiful love song to Linda, My Love. Also recorded was Live and Let Die which became an instant classic and the first James Bond theme song to be nominated for an Oscar, winning a Grammy for orchestration. It is one of Paul’s greatest songwriting achievements that he plays live to this day. It’s possible that Paul may even have written all or part of it on the bus. The atmosphere was perfect for songwriting; the sunshine and warmth on the open top deck, the movement, the away-from-it-all freedom of the open road, the hum of the road music, the atmosphere etc. may all have contributed to Paul’s creativity. This author has written songs and these conditions are perfect for it.
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How it could look…
50 years of rock’n’roll history re-imagined and engineered for the 21st century.
In his first major tour after the glory days of The Beatles 1972 Wings Tour Bus WNO 481 carried Paul McCartney, Linda, Heather, Mary and Stella McCartney, Wings members Denny Laine, Henry McCullough, Denny Seiwell, wives and girlfriends to play 25 concerts in 25 cities in 9 countries across Europe. With a world-famous rock star on board on an amazing family and band adventure the tour was hotly pursued for 7,500 miles and reported on by the world’s media. 1972 Wings Tour Bus WNO 481 became a Legend Of Rock & Road and landed the title The Most Famous Bus In The World.
In July and August 2022 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Wings Over Europe Tour when Paul McCartney chose WNO 481 to become the 1972 Wings Tour Bus we are delighted to announce that the Legend Of Rock & Road is ready to rock and road once again!
WNO 481 has even been called “Woodstock on Wheels” and Glastonbury have shown interest in seeing photo’s once the transformation is complete. Just as the artwork on the bus was inspired by and is a tribute to The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine so the McCartney Stage was inspired by and is a tribute to The Beatles Rooftop Concert on the Apple Building in 1969 and Sir Paul’s quote. “Ideal” is now possible. Having always pushed to create exciting new audio and visual concepts we hope The McCartney Stage meets with Sir Paul’s approval.
Paul McCartney’s Wings Achievements
Paul McCartney – Legend Of Rock & Roll
1972 Wings Tour Bus – Legend Of Rock & Road
PRESERVING PAUL McCARTNEY’S YESTERDAY
A FAB unveiling of the newly restored 1972 Wings Tour Bus and especially the reaction to The McCartney Stage at The Classic Motor Show at The NEC in November 2022
In the Summer of ’72, The Summer Of Wings Paul McCartney chose WNO 481 as the 1972 Wings Tour Bus & took it rockin’ & rollin’ across Europe after the glory days of The Beatles, the biggest band of the 1960’s. With a world-famous rock star on board on an amazing family and band adventure the tour was hotly pursued by the world’s media for over 7,500 miles across 9 countries and 25 cities WNO 481 became a Legend Of Rock & Road and landed the title “The Most Famous Bus In The World”