The Story Behind “Rockestra” Paul McCartney’s Superband
Paul McCartney drums for the White Album sessions after Ringo Starr leaves the group - You Can't Unhear This / Youtube
If there ever was a call-for-invitation from Paul McCartney to form a supergroup, there wouldn’t be any sense if you reject it. That’s exactly why a union of the greatest happened inside Abbey Studios— when Paul decided it was time to use the big guns in business from a new Wings record: Back to the Egg.
The stars of which Macca called weren’t a part of the ordinary: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, The Who’s Pete Townshend, Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker, the Faces’ Ronnie Lane, and Kenney Jones, and Attraction’s Bruce Thomas were the star-studded band’s lineup. Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton were also called but they couldn’t make it, unfortunately.
The band, who would adopt the name Rockestra, was a collection of superstars in the annals of history, and it seems as though there weren’t any bigger bands to top that off. It was a cohesive unit, built to destroy all odds, and in the name of rock, they seek for the greatest. It was planned that they would record two songs named “Rockestra Theme” and “So Glad to See You Here,” and these are also often included in Wings’ concerts.
It’s unlucky how the said supergroup never came to fruition in the long run, but that’s what supergroups are for: they’re there to execute all the power in one sitting, giving light and joy to people who never once thought that such intense and power would even exist.