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Typical. Sweat little, polite, nice and good boy. Or was he? Could anyone believe that this sweat man smacked his band-mate for refusing playing the encore?? Well, I don`t blame him cause situation really needed it and also it had worked. The smacked one was of course Jimmy McCulloch and you can read all about it in this months MOJO which contains Wings Over America reissue review; By the way, as we – all real Beatles fans know, Macca is known as musician not necessarily easiest to work with and poor Jimmy
Typical. Sweat little, polite, nice and good boy. Or was he? Could anyone believe that this sweat man smacked his band-mate for refusing playing the encore?? Well, I don`t blame him cause situation really needed it and also it had worked. The smacked one was of course Jimmy McCulloch and you can read all about it in this months MOJO which contains Wings Over America reissue review; By the way, as we – all real Beatles fans know, Macca is known as musician not necessarily easiest to work with and poor Jimmy felt it on his own skin that day, however, he kinda deserved it too, YOU DON`T F*** WITH PAUL McCARTNEY 😉 😉 😉 😉
Maybe Jimmy deserved it? Who knows? None of us were there. We are all human, including Paul. :0
“What’s wrong with you?
I wish I knew”
We are all addicted to something…
Jimmy was addicted to drugs.
Jimmy’s songs should have been a red flag to anyone involved. But, Jimmy probably felt that their inclusion on Wings albums was Paul’s way of showing approval. Those two songs were fairly explicit in their respective subject matters…
DRUGS and DRUGS
Dead on your feet you won’t get far
’til you go down again…
So, the real question may be…
“Is there ANYTHING worth taking seriously?”
And, the real answers might be…
“Working with a Beatle”
Was Joe English trying to get through to Jimmy on SpeedOfSound?
“…yes, I must do something about it”
Maybe Paul was the only one who cared enough to get directly involved. If you really do love someone, then it is possible to really hate that person, too! Did Paul hit him in anger? In love? In selfishness? And, did Jimmy hate Paul for hitting him? And if so, did he sink further into drugs? Or, did he agree with Paul’s concerns and begin soul searching for some answers? Did Jimmy even care? It’s a bummer that many addicts never confront their demons. What was Jimmy’s darkness? I can’t believe Paul would keep a dysfunctional junkie around for ANY length of time. Yet, Jimmy’s tenure with Wings was one of the longest. In the end, the Wino Junko went into the medicine jar one too many times…
There is just too much sad irony embedded into Jimmy’s story…
…and no winners!
If you must use drugs…use them for the right reasons
AMEN!! Nice one, Kwai!
Here’s what Paul had to say:
MOJO: “You and Jimmy McCulloch had a bust-up in Boston when he refused to go back for the encore…”
PAUL: “Y’know, Jimmy, bless him, he had a tough upbringing. His father was an alcoholic and in Scotland that was almost the tradition then. So being brought up in that, it was natural that Jimmy would kind of follow that. And yeah, so one night, this instinct of his kicked in and he didn’t feel like coming back on for the encore.”
MOJO: “Was it like, ‘Look, I’m Paul McCartney, I’m paying the wages, get back on the fucking stage?'”
PAUL: “Well, no, it wasn’t so much like that. Even if we’d have been a new young band, it was like, ‘Where’s one of our band members?’ ‘Oh, he’s sitting in the dressing room, he doesn’t fancy coming back on.’ So I thought, ‘Fuck that’, and ran out to the dressing room and gave him what he understood really. There was violence involved.”
MOJO: “Sax Player Howie Casey remembers that you ‘Came flying in and smacked’ McCulloch…”
PAUL: “Well, that was it. And the funny thing was he came back onstage and played a blinder. Now, obviously, that’s not the way you want to operate really. But at that moment, there was no alternative. But he was a fantastic player, Jimmy, as you hear on the stuff we did together. I think at the back of it, though, was this sort of self-destructive thing, which in the end got to him. But he was great and, all in all, it was a really great band on that ’76 tour.”
Say what you want about Paul, he works his backside off during each show and never short-changes his fans. IMO, if you choose a moment like that to behave like a Diva, you deserve a good clip ’round the ear.
too right, mate! 😉
Well,I was at the Boston show and I am quite certain ‘Soily’was not played , no encore.
see? Jimmys fault 😉
I have to agree with Bill C. While I wasn’t at the Boston show where this incident took place, I do have a bootleg recording of it and there is no Soily encore. Adding a little more, I seem to recall reading that Jimmy’s refusal to come out for the encore was because a fan (a big bald headed one at that) ran onto stage which, for whatever reason, freaked Jimmy out. That’s why this was an isolated incident on the tour.
WOW, thanx for priceless info about it!!
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