The new year roars in like a lion at McCabe’s Guitar Shop with performances this weekend by one-third of Paul McCartney’s “strange, three-winged beast,” a member of the Hollies, and a rare West Coast appearance by former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure.
On Saturday night, former Wings musician Denny Laine performs the band’s 1973 album “Band on the Run” in its entirety, while on the same bill the Hollies’ Terry Sylvester plays a set of the band’s popular favorites.
Laine was also a founding member of the Moody Blues and sang on the group’s first hit, “Go Now,” in 1964. Alongside Paul and Linda McCartney, he was with Wings for a decade until the band broke up.
Sylvester, who joined the Hollies after Graham Nash’s 1969 departure and sang vocals on “Sorry Suzanne” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” returns to McCabe’s after sharing a November 2013 bill with Debbi Peterson of the Bangles.
Ure, who released a new solo album last year, performs two sets on Sunday evening. A defining British new wave act, Ure’s Ultravox released 17 songs that went Top 40 in the U.K., including the 1981 minimalist synth classic “Vienna.” Ure came to Ultravox after recording “Fade to Grey” with Visage and a year as a touring guitarist for Thin Lizzy. In 1984 he and Bob Geldof co-wrote the who’s-who charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and a year later Ure scored a No. 1 U.K. solo hit with
“If I Was.” — Michael Aushenker
Denny Laine and Terry Sylvester take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday (tickets, $26.50) and Midge Ure performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday ($24.50) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Call (310) 828-4497 or visit mccabes.com.