piami wrote:Yes & no.....
Wings Over America (which I saw for the first time on Cinemax in 1983 and later on VH1 around the time of Flaming Pie) seems to be the complete work. It includes all the Rockshow footage as well as all the Wings Over The World footage.
(see WOW http://www.maccafan.net/Video/WingsOver ... /world.htm)
But it also includes performances that neither of the aformentioned offer. Remember the "Dirt" tour? Remember Long & Winding Road in the opening film? THAT was on Wings Over America. Sooooooo, I guess it's safe to say that there were 3 (count 'em) 3 separate productions that came from that tour.
I just can't find WOA anywhere.....but I did tape it from VH1.
The story of Rockshow is long and confusing.... I will try to make it brief.
Rockshow originally came out in 1980 I believe. It was released in movie theaters, and to
colleges. It was playing in my local theater along with Rocky Horror on the weekends, but I was too young at the time to see them..... Anyway... This version was the only complete version of the Wings over America concert tour. It was released a few years later on video
and laserdisc. But the songs:
Call me back again
The long and winding road
Picasso's last words
Were all omitted. I don't know why this was done. Maybe it was limited space on the video or laserdisc. Or maybe Paul just didn't like that particular version of the song. The Wings over the world show was a tv documentary about the tour. I am not sure when that aired, but I do
have a copy of that, as well as a couple of versions of Rockshow. Wings over the world is mostly a backstage retrospective of the tour, with clips of the Rockshow concert. Most of the
songs are incomplete.
Now... This is where it gets confusing.. When Flaming Pie came out, VH1 promoted this by having McCartney week. It was a week full of Pauls concert's, video's, interviews etc, etc...
One of the concerts was Rockshow. This version of Rockshow had all of the omitted songs from above put back into the concert. This sounds great, but, they took out a bunch of other songs. I can't remember them all, but I think it was:
Spirits of ancient Egypt
You Gave me the answer
Magneto and Titanium man
I am sure there were a couple of others as well, but I can't recall. Needless to say....Another
incomplete version. That is the story.... And I guess it wasn't short and sweet, but it is what it is. There is about a million bootlegs of this floating around, and most of them are complete garbage. SQ and PQ are just lousy. The McCartney years looked and sounded great. I just wish that Paul would listen to his fans and put out a complete version of this concert. Or better yet, A Blu-Ray version would be a dream come true.