Paul McCartney has offered fans another preview from his pair of upcoming archive Wings reissues Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, which will both drop Dec. 7 via Capitol. The legendary British rocker has unveiled a previously unheard demo of his touching tribute to ex-Beatle bandmate John Lennon “Dear Friend.”
Macca unveiled the unreleased home demo of “Dear Friend” on Nov. 16 via Twitter and other social media in the midst of his fall tour of Europe, which is part of the 18-time Grammy winner's recently launched Freshen Up Tour. “Dear Friend” is the third preview Sir Paul has offered from the upcoming expanded and remastered Wings sets along with a demo of “Indeed I Do” and an alt-take for the 1973 single “Live and Let Die.”
The demo version of “Dear Friend” strips all the instrumentation of the studio version and simply features McCartney's voice without effects, accompanied only by piano. The raw rendition is extremely powerful and does not suffer at all for the lack of instrument ornamentation as the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sings, “Dear friend/What's the time/Is this really the borderline?”
The original version of “Dear Friend” was first released as the final track on Wing's 1971 debut album Wild Life. The “Band on the Run” hitmaker has described the lyrics as a reconciliation attempt with Lennon after The Beatles' demise. Fans can also listen to the newly remastered studio version of “Dear Friend” here.
Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway are available for pre-order here and here in a variety of editions and bundles in CD, digital, vinyl and streaming formats. Check the demo version of “Dear Friend” above.
Fans in Europe can catch the multi-platinum seller at his next tour stop, which will take place Nov. 28 in Paris at Paris La Defense Arena while fans in the U.S. can look forward to catching the iconic singer-songwriter on his upcoming 2019 spring tour, which launches May 23 in New Orleans at Smoothie King Arena. Grab your Paul McCartney tickets now on AXS. For all the latest information on Paul McCartney, click here.