“I’m actually surprised we’re that well-remembered. I’m just a normal musician who doesn’t really think about the fame side of it”: In his final interview, Denny Laine looks back on the breakthrough success and enduring legacy of Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Denny Laine
(Image credit: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Following news of guitarist Denny Laine’s passing on December 5 2023, we are resharing his final interview with Guitar World, which was first published in January 2023, and found the guitarist looking back on his career with Wings.

“The first lineup of Wings was my favorite one,” Denny Laine says. “Something about those players together really gelled.”

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Bill DeMain

Bill DeMain is a correspondent for BBC Glasgow, a regular contributor to MOJO, Classic Rock and Mental Floss, and the author of six books, including the best-selling 'Sgt. Pepper at 50.' He is also an acclaimed musician and songwriter who's written for artists including Marshall Crenshaw, Teddy Thompson and Kim Richey. His songs have appeared in TV shows such as 'Private Practice' and 'Sons of Anarchy.' In 2013, he started Walkin' Nashville, a music history tour that's been the #1-rated activity on Trip Advisor. An avid bird-watcher, he also makes bird cards and prints.