1972 Paul McCartney Concert Film Coming To Theaters
Coming to theaters for one night on January 21st is Paul McCartney's live concert/animation film, The Bruce McMouse Show. The movie, which had long been on die-hard fans wish lists over the years, features classic footage of Wings' first live lineup, performing key tracks during its legendary summer 1972 "Wings Over Europe" tour. Interspersed are comedic clips featuring a family of cartoon-animated mice that live under the concert stage, which were based on McCartney's original drawings.
Only a few clips from the film have slipped out over the years before the entire movie -- now digitally remastered -- was officially released last month as part of McCartney's Red Rose Speedway box set.
Songs included in the movie are: "Big Barn Bed," "Eat At Home," "Bip Bop," "Blue Moon Over Kentucky," "I Am Your Singer," "Wild Life," "My Love," "The Mess," "Mary Had A Little Lamb," "Seaside Woman," "Maybe I'm Amazed," and "Hi, Hi, Hi."
According to the press release for The Bruce McMouse theatrical screening:The film was directed by Barry Chattington and produced by Roger Cherrill with the live elements taken from four shows in The Netherlands and Germany in 1972. Paul viewed the initial concert edit and realized there was great potential in the material captured. Prior to the European tour Paul had the idea of a family of mice and sketched the characters. Picking up the idea, Eric Wylam took Paul’s sketches and created the final McMouse family. This storyline was incorporated and used as a linking theme within the concert footage. The voice-overs for the animated mice took place at the end of 1973, recorded by Paul and Linda McCartney, Deryck Guyler, Pat Coombs and Derek Nimmo. Production stretched from 1972 through to 1977 when the film was complete, however with changes in the band’s line-up and music scene, the project was held in the MPL archives.
The Bruce McMouse film features Paul McCartney's first touring lienup of Wings, including his wife Linda on keyboards, guitarists Denny Laine and Henry McCullough, along with Denny Seiwell on drums. McCartney looked back and explained that in short, he needed a band to stay in the game: "Well, I mean, I thought at the time, I thought, 'Well, if I don't form a band, and I don't keep in 'the business,' then after a couple of years I'm gonna find I can't sing and I haven't got that knack in front of an audience. Y'know, you can lose it dead easy. So, I did it really to kind of keep oiled, like an athlete. Sort of, to keep doing it, in case I ever wanted to get serious again."
Paul McCartney's The Bruce McMouse Show will play on January 21st at the following U.S. and Canadian theaters:Montreal, QC - Scotiabank Theatre Montreal
Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
Vancouver, BC - Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
New York, NY - IFC Center
Los Angeles, CA - Arclight Hollywood
Chicago, IL - Arclight Chicago
Bethesda, MD - Arclight Bethesda
Seattle, WA - SIFF Cinema Uptown
San Rafael, CA - Smith Rafael Film Center
San Diego, CA - Angelika Film Center & Cafe
Honolulu, HI - Consolidated Theaters Ward 16
Sacramento, CA The Tower Theatre
Dallas, TX - Angelika Film Center
Nashville, TN - Belcourt Theatre
For tickets information, log on to: www.BruceMcMouse.com.