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Album: Venus And MarsReleased: 1975Charted:
True to its title, this song does describe a Rock concert. McCartney specifically wrote the song for his upcoming world tour, where he would perform in the US for the first time since 1966. Hence the references to "Madison Square" (Garden) and the "Hollywood Bowl." Another Rock reference he got in was to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page: "What's that he's rolling across the stage, it looks like the one used by Jimmy Page, like a relic from a different age." McCartney said he wasn't implying Page was a relic, but liked the image of the great vintage amp coming out for the show. (thanks, Ken - Louisville, KY)
The lyrics, "Tension mounts, sometimes you score an ounce," were added to give the authentic concert feel and make the song, as McCartney said, "less respectable." McCartney had been busted a few times on minor drug charges, and in 1980 spent 10 days in a Tokyo jail when he tried to fly his stash so he would have something to smoke. He was evasive about his drug use for most of his career, and in 1975 claimed that he didn't do any drugs at all. In the '00s, he started answering questions about his drug use more candidly, saying that drugs influenced many Beatles songs, although that influence was often over stated.