Paul McCartney will promote the re-release of his classic “Band on the Run” album by appearing as the musical guest on the Dec. 11 edition of “Saturday Night Live.”
McCartney has been making a series of media visits in support of the newest edition of the 1973 Grammy-winning record. Last month, he and his group performed “Band on the Run” tracks on the BBC’s “Later…With Jools Holland” series. A documentary on the making of the album was broadcast on Britain’s ITV network on Halloween.
Starting on Nov. 29, Sirius XM satellite radio is launching a month-long “Band on the Run” channel, with a play list consisting entirely of McCartney’s solo and Beatles song catalog. Sirius XM will also air an audio documentary about “Band,” hosted by McCartney. Two days following the “SNL” appearance, McCartney makes his first concert appearance at New York’s legendary Apollo theater, also to be heard live on Sirius XM.
“Band on the Run” is considered by most critics to be McCartney’s best post-Beatles album. Its Grammy win came in 1975, in the category of Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus. It topped the U.S. Billboard album chart on three different occasions, and the title track reached number one on the American singles chart. The album included two more U.S. top ten singles in “Jet” and “Helen Wheels” (which didn’t appear on the UK release).
Rolling Stone reviewer and future Bruce Springsteen producer and manager Jon Landau wrote in the magazine’s Jan. 31, 1974, issue that “Band on the Run” was “(with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band) the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles.”
The newly remastered “Band” comes in multiple formats, accompanied by bonus audio and video content and special packaging. The unreleased McCartney and Wings film “One Hand Clapping” is part of the DVD material.
Paul Rudd makes his second appearance as “SNL” host that night. He’ll be promoting his comedy film “How Do You Know,” co-starring Jack Nicholson and Reese Witherspoon.
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Jon Landau, 1/31/74, Rolling Stone magazine. Reprinted on Super Seventies.com website.