Sir Paul McCartney’s son James expressed interested in starting a second-generation Beatles band with the other sons of the former Beatles: Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and and Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey.
According to the UK website AFB, the band would apparently be called “The Beatles – The Next Generation.”
“I’d be up for it,” said the 34-year-old, who is launching a solo career as a singer and guitarist. “Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it.” James McCartney did say Zak Starkey was not a fan of the idea. “I don’t think it’s something Zak wants to do,” McCartney admitted, but added that the band could “hopefully” happen with “nature’s support”.
All have followed in their father’s musical footsteps. McCartney has played guitar on two of his father’s albums, and is playing a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles cut their teeth. Starkey has drummed for The Who and Oasis, Harrison is the frontman of thenewno2 and Lennon is a singer-songwriter in New York.
James McCartney, who strongly resembles his father, said he had “dreamt of being better than The Beatles.” “I’m not sure if I can do that,” he told the BBC. “If anything, I would love to be equal to The Beatles, but even that’s quite tough.” His two EPs have been co-produced by his father.
This update in from James Mccartney’s Facebook page:
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…!
A Dutch company that attempted to trademark a “Beatle” wheelchair has lost an ongoing legal battle with The Beatles’ Apple Corps, Ltd.
The European Union’s Court of Justice rejected You-Q BV’s bid, ruling that the public could mistakenly associate a “Beatle” wheelchair with the Fab Four, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The company initially submitted a trademark application for “Beatle” vehicles in 2004. It suffered various setbacks in its legal dispute with Apple Corps in subsequent years as it narrowed its focus to wheelchairs.
The 1971 Paul and Linda McCartney album, ‘Ram,’ will be reissued on May 22 in various formats as the fourth installment Paul McCartney Archive Collection series. The 12-song release included the #1 hit “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” as well as such memorable tunes as “Too Many People” and “Monkberry Moon Delight.”
Among the versions of the Ram reissue that will be available are a standard CD; a two-CD package featuring eight extra tunes, including outtakes, B-sides and the top 5 single “Another Day”; and a five-disc deluxe box set. The latter collection will boast four CDs, including a mono edition of Ram and the 1977 Thrillington album, which featured instrumental versions of the record’s songs. In addition, the box set will boast a DVD highlighted by a making-of documentary called Ramming that’s narrated by Paul, a 112-page book, lyric sheet replicas and various collectible photos and prints.
A two-disc vinyl stereo edition and a single mono LP of Ram also will be sold, as will a digital version. All of the recordings included on the various versions have been digitally remastered.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different,” McCartney says in a statement. “It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you’re going to like it, because I do!”