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Beatles 2.0? Fab Four’s sons may form band

Sons of the Beatles could come together in their own second-generation supergroup if Paul McCartney’s son, James, has his way. James McCartney has reached out to Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey to gauge the fellow Beatles kids’ interest in forming a band, he told the BBC.

James McCartney and his date pose at the MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute honouring Paul McCartney. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Each of the sons has already successfully pursued music careers. Harrison is in a band called thenewno2, Starkey has played drums with The Who and Oasis, Lennon has released solo records and often collaborates with other bands, and McCartney is in the midst of launching his music career, with some help from his dad, who co-produced two of his EPs.

Plans for the band are hardly firm — McCartney’s remarks seem more like a casual remark made during an interview than an actual announcement of a launch. He ended the interview with, “I don't know, you'd have to wait and see. The will of God, nature's support, I guess. So yeah, maybe.”

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. (Rob Kim/GETTY IMAGES)

Since nothing seems settled yet, there’s a good chance that fan reactions and the crushing weight of expectations may dissuade them. Ever since the BBC story came out, fans have reacted strongly to the idea of a Beatles 2.0. Ben Gibbard, the singer/songwriter behind Death Cab for Cutie, simply tweeted a link to a story about the band with the word “NO.” Others have been equally dismayed.


— Benjamin Gibbard (@Gibbstack) April 3, 2012

OF COURSE it’s Paul McCartney’s son who comes up with this horrible Beatles 2.0 idea. Whole family understands hooks but not context.

— Jason Oberholtzer (@ilovecharts) April 3, 2012

A band made up of the kids of The Beatles...please tell me this is a joke @Annoyedworld

— That one chick (@That1chk) April 3, 2012

Would you listen to the Beatles Jr.?

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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