The Beatles' Sons Form 'Next-Gen' Band?

Paul McCartney's son James says the sons of the original Beatles members have given serious thought to forming a next-generation Beatles.

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The sons of The Beatles could be forming a band of their own, according to James McCartney.

In a BBC interview, James said they were considering a "next generation" group, and suggested that several other Beatles' sons had also expressed interest in the idea.

The only son that isn't into the idea is Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey, says James:

"I don't think it's something that Zak wants to do. Maybe Jason [drummer and one of Starr's other sons] would want to do it. I'd be up for it. Sean [Lennon] seemed to be into it, Dhani [Harrison] seemed to be into it. I'd be happy to do it."

He said the idea had been discussed, and when pushed for a confirmation, he said "Yeah, hopefully, naturally... you'd have to wait and see."

While we love the idea, it sounds too uncertain to get excited about just yet. Each of the potential members are busy with their own projects, and James seems to have partially retracted his comments with a message on his Facebook page, where he reminds fans that he is busy touring the UK and US with his own music this year:

"Looks like quite some attention being given to my BBC interview! Honestly, I was just thinking out loud about playing with Beatles family friends, nothing more. My band's going to be on tour in the UK and US for most of this year, and the shows are going great!"

Perhaps fan support on the idea will help it push forwards, and it's clear that most of the sons would give it serious consideration.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    It's too bad Zak Starkey isn't into it. He's quite a good drummer. Otherwise, I don't see why this shouldn't happen. Will we get a band as good as The Beatles? No, but why would it hurt to see what they would come up with?
    CaliforniaKid
    Pauls son looks older than Paul. Perhaps Paul is Dorian Grey? It must suck to be a rich mans son... perpetually bored.
    ndrummerc
    Julian is way better than Sean. And looks & sounds more like John. Poor Jules, always in his baby brother's shadow, even in his own father's eyes. And Dhani Harrison is a certified badass
    K33nbl4d3
    I swear I saw the idea for this in a comment on UG a couple days ago. Draw whatever conclusion you want from that... =)
    Mack56
    Why does everyone think these guys are all incapable of writing original music?
    Minivirus2
    If this does, for some reason, happen in the future, I'm predicting a slew of "Fathers spinning in graves" comments right now...
    bigmetalbrad
    is ringos son the same guy who played drums for the Who at the superbowl? it thats the same one then hes descent
    mpk3432
    and the second they cover their fathers' songs, yoko will sue her own son to defend johns memory....
    Hamburger89
    Don't have any expectations. Thenewno2 was pretty good and that involved harrison's son, so I guess I can keep my hopes up. Next-gen seems a bit over the top, I doubt they'll start another musical revolution like the beatles did. Pop music has been taken over by mainstream uninspired electronic music, but I don't think I have to tell you guys that.
    ermonski
    I'm sure they all wanted to surpass their fathers' successes, or try to find their own path. Metal? Punk rock? Hard rock? Ska?
    Vinushka
    As long as they don't use their dad's fame to push their crappy music and actually strive to make something decent I don't see why not. I don't think musical skill is genetic though (looking at you, son of Bruce Dickinson and your awful metalcore).
    Welander
    I'm much more into Sean than Julian. So, Dhani and Sean is the most interesting part in this future band to me.
    Patres87
    The guy sounds as horrific as he looks - a big fat alcoholic imitation of his father, though arent that bad at all.
    The Ghostwriter
    r4sha wrote: What about mc cartney children ? unfortunately he only have a daughter right ? It would be awesome if all the members of the beatles sons performing music together. It may be not good as their father, but i would definitely take a look at it hehehe
    Read the article. The guy interviewed was James McCartney. Now, concerning the idea that the Beatles' sons will form a band: go for it. It will be a novel idea, at first. If it turns out that they can release music (originals, I hope) that is respectable and awesome by its own right, then it would delightful. If they turn out doing nothing but covers of their dads' band, then damn.
    r4sha
    What about mc cartney children ? unfortunately he only have a daughter right ? It would be awesome if all the members of the beatles sons performing music together. It may be not good as their father, but i would definitely take a look at it hehehe
    bmarlatt1685
    Rocker17962 wrote: Julian Lennon instead of Sean.
    Couldn't agree more. Julian's a much better musician, and I always found Sean's music a bit... meh. Yeah, I get the whole being Yoko's kid stigma, but that aside I dislike him even more for when he was interviewed and he mentioned he was on EMI's label and the interviewer was like "Oh, cool like the Beatles" and Sean responds "What... Noooo, like Radiohead."
    nnb
    ctb wrote: nnb wrote: I'm not a beastles fan but I hope you get more then the watered down stuff we got from Bruce, Steve and Ozzys kids..Indeed. Although these are the Beatles we're talking about so the songs are bound to be generally radio-friendly.
    Fair enough, I thinking more along the lines that Ozzy/Sabbath and Maiden had a signature sound, style whatever you want to call it. While their kids, from the little I've heard sound generic. Hopefully the Beatle kids will do better.
    Eifler121
    I kind of like Dhani's stuff with Fistfull of Mercy, and the few songs I've heard by GOAST were cool. I meet enjoy this.
    Superperfex
    Root Beer wrote: Holy shit guys, who are we to tell them they CAN'T form a band? We are not in control of their lives. If they want to form a band, ****ing let it be. God, people are such douches...
    Let it be! Let it Be! There will be an answer, let it be!
    ctb
    nnb wrote: I'm not a beastles fan but I hope you get more then the watered down stuff we got from Bruce, Steve and Ozzys kids..
    Indeed. Although these are the Beatles we're talking about so the songs are bound to be generally radio-friendly.
    nnb
    I'm not a beastles fan but I hope you get more then the watered down stuff we got from Bruce, Steve and Ozzys kids..
    Root Beer
    Holy shit guys, who are we to tell them they CAN'T form a band? We are not in control of their lives. If they want to form a band, ****ing let it be. God, people are such douches...
    Engel22
    I say let 'em have a crack at what they feel like doing, I just hope that people don't keep drawing comparisons to their fathers' music and wanting them to follow in their footsteps.
    Dostoyevskian
    I definitely agree with what a lot of you are saying about how they would need to write original material. To go a step further though, I think they would need to write music significantly different than their dads' if they're going to be taken seriously. And they have to avoid the obvious (and really stupid) decision of naming themselves The Beatles 2.0 .