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; ÃÂ 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…