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Will The Beatles’ Offspring Create A Band?

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Could there be a “Beatles 2″, comprised of Beatles’ offspring, on the horizon? During a BBC interview earlier this week, Paul McCartney’s son James McCartney said he’s talked with John Lennon’s son Sean and George Harrison’s son Dhani about forming a band together.

The second coming of the Beatles would still need a drummer. Apparently, Ring Starr’s son Zak isn’t interested. Zak Starkey has had a successful career, serving as drummer for The Who and Oasis. Ringo does have another son, Jason, who also plays drums, but it’s unclear if he’s interested (Jason performs with a few bands on the indie circuit). “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” James said in the interview. “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.”

The 34- year-old McCartney has clarified some of the statements he made to the BBC on his Facebook page:

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 U.S. for most of this year, and the shows are going great! I’m so grateful….Lots of love to you all…!

Obviously James has put some thought into the possibility. There is still no comment from Sean, Dhani, Zak or Jason. Sean Lennon has had some success as a solo artist, he was signed briefly to Capitol Records before launching his own label. Dhani Harrison debuted as a professional musician when completing his father’s final album, Brainwashed, after George Harrison’s death in 2001. Dhani formed his own band, thenewno2, in 2006, and most recently joined forces with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur to form Fistful of Mercy in 2010.

If a Beatles reincarnation happens, it’s gonna be a pretty big deal. Even if they don’t have the collective chemistry or creativity to put forth a quality sound, I think they will still sell out shows. What do you think? Would you pay to see the Beatles kids perform even if you weren’t that fond of the music?


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