Rockshow is a 1980 concert film release by Paul McCartney and Wings, filmed during the band's 1976 North American tour. The film features 30 songs from segments of four concerts of the tour: New York, on 25 May (four songs); Seattle, Washington, 10 June (five songs); and Los Angeles, California, 22 June (fifteen songs) and 23 June (six songs). Both the cover of the home video release and McCartney himself in his intro to The McCartney Years DVD acknowledge only the Seattle concert, however. These concerts were part of the 1975–76 Wings Over the World tour, which also produced the triple live album Wings over America (1976) and the Wings Over the World television documentary (1979). This is also the first film released by Miramax.
|Produced by||Bob Mercer|
|Edited by||Robin Clarke|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films (1980)|
Eagle Rock Entertainment (2013)
|26 November 1980|
|125 minutes (unedited cut)|
102 minutes (edited cut)
The music for what was to become Rockshow and part of Wings Over the World was produced by Chris Thomas and engineered by Phil McDonald during 1979. However, the processing of the Rockshow overdubs was obviously completed by the airdate of Wings Over the World, as these same performances were featured in both productions. Not all of the songs made it to the film in their entirety ("Medicine Jar" and "Letting Go" have been edited), and the song introductions did not always match the performance which followed. For example, several of the introductions came from the Seattle performance while the actual song was taken from a Los Angeles show: "Magneto & Titanium Man", "Spirits of Ancient Egypt", "Lady Madonna", "Let 'Em In", and "Soily". The introduction of the horn section was a composite as well with portions coming from Seattle and the final Los Angeles show.
The film premiered on 26 November 1980 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York; McCartney did not attend, as he was in the studio at the time. They did attend the London Premiere at the Dominion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus on 8 April 1981. The film was later edited down to 102 minutes for its home video release. Its first home video release was on Betamax in October 1981, with a VHS, laserdisc, and CED release in 1982. This would be the last time a feature-length version of the film would be available to the general public until 31 years later, as McCartney had remained reluctant to make the entire film available to the general public on VHS or DVD. In 2007, a shortened cut with only seven songs was released as part of The McCartney Years DVD set – one of which, a version of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna", was originally left out of the Rockshow home video release.
In June 2013, a new restored version of the film was released. The longer 125-minute version was digitally restored from the 35mm negative with the soundtrack remixed in 5.1 surround sound. The film had a limited worldwide cinema re-release on 16 May 2013, with an exclusive introduction and interview with McCartney. An exclusive VIP premiere screening, with McCartney in attendance and introducing the film, took place at BAFTA on 15 May. This restored cut was released on DVD and Blu-ray in June 2013.
The following list is for the full-length, 125-minute version of Rockshow.
* Songs edited out of the first home video versions of the film.
+ Songs included in The McCartney Years DVD box set.
- "Venus and Mars" +
- "Rock Show" +
- "Jet" +
- "Let Me Roll It"
- "Spirits of Ancient Egypt" (lead vocal Denny Laine)
- "Medicine Jar" (lead vocal Jimmy McCulloch)
- "Maybe I'm Amazed" +
- "Call Me Back Again" *
- "Lady Madonna" * +
- "The Long and Winding Road" *
- "Live and Let Die"
- "Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)" *
- "Richard Cory" (lead vocal Denny Laine) *
- "Bluebird" +
- "I've Just Seen a Face"
- "You Gave Me the Answer"
- "Magneto and Titanium Man"
- "Go Now" (lead vocal Denny Laine)
- "My Love" *
- "Listen to What the Man Said" +
- "Let 'Em In"
- "Time to Hide" (lead vocal Denny Laine)
- "Silly Love Songs"
- "Beware My Love"
- "Letting Go"
- "Band on the Run"
- "Hi, Hi, Hi"
- "ROCKSHOW (U)". British Board of Film Classification. 28 August 1980. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. ISBN 0-615-11724-4.
- "'Wings over America' Out Now!" (Press release). paulmccartney.com. 9 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.