When Paul McCartney wrote ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, he wouldn’t have imagined that rather than watch the sunset from a rented a cottage in the Isle of Wight, he might spend some of his post-Beatle years watching the son rise in the form of The Beatles, Generation Next.
James McCartney, son of the pretty Beatle, has set the British pop rumour mill abuzz by floating the idea of a band of Beatles sons.
Apart from James, there’s Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey — all successful musicians in varying degrees.
“I’d be up for it,” James says. “I don’t think it’s something Zak wants to do. Sean seemed to be into it. Dhani seemed to be into it.”
It’s a delightful idea – one that might get more tourists flocking to London than the Olympics.
Apart from anything else, the juniors look exactly like their dads. All except Ringo’s son, but he doesn’t need his dad’s wacky looks because he is a star drummer. He has been The Who’s drummer since 1996 and is the current drummer for the Oasis.
Of the other three, Sean, was signed to the Beastie Boys’ record label and has recorded with Judee Sills and Vanessa Paradis.
He sounded exactly like his late father on his 2006 single Dead Meat (as, indeed, did his older half-brother Julian on his 90s hit Saltwater).
When Dhani made a stage appearance on the tribute concert to George at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002, the packed auditorium thought it was hallucinating — he looks the very image of his father.
But unlike the Lennon juniors, Dhani appears to have embarked on a musical journey that is very different from the music of his late father. His band, Fistful of Mercy, includes Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur.
So, more power to your elbows, juniors. Come Together; please Don’t Let Us Down.