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Wings over Black Rock

As the only constant member of Paul and Linda McCartney's Wings save the McCartneys, Denny Laine is a bit of an unsung legend. Unquestionably, his influence -- already honed, by the time he teamed up with the cute Beatle, through years with the Moody Blues and Ginger Baker's Air Force -- is a contributing factor to the artistic and commercial success of Wings efforts like "At the Spped Of Sound," "Venus and Mars" and "Wings Over America."

And yet, following the demise of Wings in 1981, Laine has maintained a very low profile -- despite the fact that, in January 1990, he was living and working in Western New York, cutting tracks at Mark Studios in Clarence for an album planned to represent a comeback.

That comeback never materialized for Laine, but he has continued to worked, if less than prolifically, ever since. Laine will make a rare area appearance at 8 tonight in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). He'll be joined by former Hollies singer and guitarist Terry Sylvester. The Willie Schoellkopf Band will open the show, and then back both Laine and Sylvester for their sets.

Tickets are $25 (

-- Jeff Miers