Son Of the father? should the Beatle spawn reform the fab 4?
Son Of the father? should the Beatle spawn reform the fab 4?

Son Of the father? should the Beatle spawn reform the fab 4?
Son Of the father? should the Beatle spawn reform the fab 4?

There has been much talk of the Beatles sons forming some sort of surrogate Beatles band.

It is a less than exciting idea – whilst understanding that being a Beatle child is a poisoned chalice – on one level you’re never going to have to sign on, on the other you will have to spend your whole life in the shadow of your parent.

No-one begrudges any of them a musical career – music is for anyone to play and there have been some really talented Beatle offspring;  Zak Starkey is one of the best drummers in the UK and Sean Lennon is a really great guitar player with a unique songwriting talent whilst Dhani Harrison is a good guitar player as well.

Sir Paul McCartney’s musician son said he would be “happy” to form a new band with the sons of the other three Beatles. James McCartney said the idea had been discussed with Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey, but it was more likely another of Starr’s sons, Jason, would be involved. He told the BBC: “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do. Maybe Jason would want to do it. I’d be up for it. Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it. I’d be happy to do it.” Asked if he thought it would ever happen, he said: “Yeah, hopefully, naturally. I don’t know, you’d have to wait and see. The will of God, nature’s support, I guess. So yeah, maybe.”

The idea that they could somehow rekindle the magic and the chemistry of their parents is a bit far fetched and has an element of the cringe to it. If they played together as a band and didn’t go near the Beatle legacy and tried to create their own chemistry and that somehow worked then fine but to play the Beatle card is disastrous. With the talent that they have between them they could potentially make interesting music but the assumption that because their respective parents worked together successfully then they could is just that, an assumption.

The Beatles themselves were smart enough to never reform so their offspring should leave the legacy alone – but if they want to play music together and it works and they create their own narrative then good luck to them…

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  1. It could be good, if they followed Sean Ono Lennon’s work with IMA which was particularly loud avant garde music which is surely what a next generation Beatles should be doing, channelling I Want You and Revolution 9 rather than Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

  2. Good god, I can’t think of anything worse, the real thing was bad enough!! And before we start I’m not interested in any Beatle fans complaining of Heresy with that statement, I hated them pure and simple. I fail to understand their appeal, always have done. Any band with their kids in it would just be compared to them anyway so what would be the point? No one would ever say they were as good or better, so why put yourself through it? Plus we would be spared a rehash of their parents work and oh so quirky quotes.

  3. I’ve always thought of The Beatles as the world’s most popular cult band. They’ve been frozen in time, unfortunately, so I think people have lost sight of what an odd little band they were. Part Supremes and part Goon Show, I’ve often marveled that they got anywhere at all. My Beatles aren’t yours, of course, but they were many things to many people, which is surely a healthy thing. As for the kids, let them have a bash. They seem quite intelligent.


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