Will The Beatles’ Sons Follow in Their Fathers’ Footsteps?

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The original fresh-faced Fab Four in their early days

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On April 4, 1964, the Beatles held all five top positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Now it may be the legends’ offspring’s turn to make history. No, it’s not the start of a reality TV show, though that’s not a bad backup plan.

James McCartney reportedly says he wants to team up with three other Beatles kids and start a band. When the BBC asked if the project, dubbed “The Beatles — The Next Generation” by the interviewer, could really happen, James McCartney replied, “Yeah, hopefully, naturally. I don’t know, you’d have to wait and see.” McCartney also said he has floated the the idea by Sean Lennon, Zak Starkey and Dhai Harrison — and most are apparently on board. 

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Unfortunately, the trio may already be in the market for a new drummer. “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” McCartney told the BBC. “Maybe Jason [another of Ringo Starr’s sons] 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.”

Later, however, the Huffington Post pointed out that McCartney clarified points taken from his interview with the BBC on Facebook:

Hi Everyone…well, 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! I’m so grateful…Lots of love to you all…!

Whether or not McCartney’s comments were misconstrued, emulating their dads would be a lofty aspiration. Not that the men aren’t without their own talents. McCartney, 34, has played on two of his father’s albums, released a couple of EPs and recently performed at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles often played gigs before taking off, as MSNBC notes. A drummer like his dad, Ringo Starr, Starkey has played for The Who and Oasis, while Lennon has also been relatively successful as a solo artist in New York and Harrison fronts the band thenewno2. Even so, maybe it’s best to just let it be.

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