Denny Laine worked with Paul McCartney for as long as John Lennon did. Unfortunately, as the first major Macca collaborator in the post-Beatles world, Laine has largely been denied his due as both songwriter and onstage sparring partner with McCartney’s Wings. Most of the great Wings albums of the 1970s – the recently remastered and rereleased “At the Speed of Sound” and “Venus and Mars” collections, as well as “London Town” and the mighty “Band on the Run” – boast a strong Laine presence. In fact, in many ways, the sound of McCartney, Linda McCartney and Laine harmonizing in the vocal booth is a core component of McCartney’s ’70s work.
Laine had to reschedule a planned October tour stop in the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) but at 7 p.m. Sunday, he will arrive for a makeup date at that same venue. The show will follow Laine’s “The Complete ‘Band on the Run’ Live” format, which finds him performing the entire album in unabridged form, in celebration of the multiplatinum classic’s 40th anniversary.
Tickets are $30. If you purchased tickets for the postponed October show, they will be honored at the door on Sunday. Visit www.sportsmenstavern.net for tickets and info.
– Jeff Miers