By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Paul McCartney has one of the most successful solo careers of all time, and though he is currently busy planning his 2013 world tour dates, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about the bands that helped get him to where he is now.
In honor of the group that transitioned him out of the Beatles, better known as Wings, Sir Paul has announced a May 27 reissue of their iconic live album Wings Over America, as well as the concert DVD Rockshow, which chronicles the band’s Wings over the World tour.
The groundbreaking LP was originally recorded live over the course of the band’s 1976 trek across North America, and will be re-released in a variety of formats, including a four-book, four-disc Deluxe Edition Box Set. The set will feature the double-disc album, which has been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, a special bonus disc recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Place, and a DVD of the rare TV special Wings over the World.
Additionally, the set’s four books will display never-before-seen images of McCartney and Wings, setlists, interviews, concert tickets, tour posters and more, as well as a special commemorative book that documents the behind-the-scenes happenings of the tour, with liner notes by music journalist, David Fricke. The late Linda McCartney’s photography is also featured in the set, along with drawings and sketches from artist Humphrey Ocean.
As if that wasn’t enough, Eagle Rock Entertainment is releasing the live DVD/Blu-ray Rockshow, which chronicles the band’s concerts on their 1975-1976 world tour. The film will include hits from Wings, the Beatles and Paul’s solo music, and will also be released in 500 cinemas internationally beginning on May 15. Check out more info here.
The US leg of McCartney’s 2013 world tour dates kicks off on May 18 in Orlando, FL.
For more on the Wings Over America reissue, and to check out all of Paul McCartney’s upcoming concert dates, head to his official website.