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Denny Laine

Denny Laine, former member of Wings, will be a special guest at The Fest for Beatles fans.

For Denny Laine, this year's Fest for Beatles Fans will be a special one.

Laine, a former member of Wings and The Moody Blues, will get together with former Wings members to perform at the Chicagoland fest taking place this weekend at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont.

"I love to do this sort of thing. I always have a good time," said Laine, guitarist and an original founder, with Paul and Linda McCartney, of the '70s supergroup Wings.

The Fest for Beatles Fans descends on the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Aug. 11 and runs through Aug. 13.

One of the highlights at the fest will be a concert and appearance by the "4 Wingmen" featuring Laine and other Wings members Laurence Juber, Denny Sewell and Steve Holley.

Laine said he's done some similar shows with some of the other Wings members in the past. "It's always gotten a really good reaction," he said. Many of Wings' hits will be on the agenda when the group of musicians plays.

The Chicago area, Laine said, has been a great place for him to perform through the years. He recently did a concert at Chicago's City Winery which drew a full house of fans. During that show Laine celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America Tour as well as offered a tribute to 1973's "Band on the Run" album.

"That album was especially important (to me) cause it was just me, Paul and Linda who did that album," Laine said.

Laine has also performed a recent show at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles and at Space in Evanston.

Laine has been touring and bringing his own show to fans for awhile now. He said being on the road is something he really enjoys. "I love it. I prefer it to being in the studio," he said.

Laine has been working on new material and has an an album "in the can."

"It's important to keep (going) ahead and not just live in the past," he said.

The guitarist was recently in the audience for McCartney's two shows in Tinley Park. "I enjoyed the show. He was in good form," Laine said about the former Beatle.

He's also recently had his art work displayed at Bettenhausen Alfa-Romero-Fiat in Tinley Park and also Bettenhausen Dodge in Tinley Park. Laine, who has been involved in the auto racing world through the years, is a friend of the Bettenhausens.

Fab Four fans at this weekend's Fest for Beatles Fans also can visit a Beatles marketplace filled with memorabilia of all types, various new items, books and much more. On the agenda are also lectures, a Battle of the Bands and other events.

FYI: The Fest for Beatles Fans will be Friday through Sunday at Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. Hours are 5 to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Visit the website for prices and more information:


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Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.