Here Come The Sons? James McCartney Looking to Form Band with Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey

Posted 03 Apr 2012 in Music + TV News


I’m sorry, but I feel that this is a disaster in the making.  James McCartney (34), Paul’s son, is trying to put a band together that would include the sons of the former Beatles.

James has contacted Sean Lennon (36), Zak Starkey (46) and Dhani Harrison (33) about giving it a go. On Monday April 2nd, James shared his thoughts through an interview with the BBC, Including the possible reluctance by Zak:  “I don’t think it’s something that Zak wants to do,” James remarked. “Maybe Jason (45) [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.”

Zak has been drumming for The Who for some time now. He also has played with Oasis.

James recently released an EP that was received well by the critics. He also made his national network television debut in January on Late Night with David Letterman. You can see that performance below.

Dhani’s decision might be a change of heart. He told “The Guardian in 2003: “I don’t really plan to be a pop star; I just want to be able to make music without the whole My Dad thing hanging over me.”

It’s interesting to note that every member of the second generation band would be older than any member or The Beatles when they parted ways.

Some have questioned if this could possibly be an April Fools joke, but from all reports the interview was done by the BBC’s Ian Youngs on April 2nd.   It concluded with Ian asking James McCartney if he thought it could actually happen. James reply: “Yeah, hopefully, naturally. I don’t know, you’d have to wait and see. The will of God, nature’s support, I guess. So yeah, maybe.”

Just in case you couldn’t tell, that’s Sean and Dhani in the photo.

— Larry Carta


Here’s James McCartney

Posted by Larry Carta


  1. Griff (03 Apr 2012, 14:35)

    But what about Julian?

    • Larry Carta (03 Apr 2012, 19:05)

      He’s not been mentioned at all so far.

      • Geoffrey (14 Jun 2012, 20:13)

        , John-I’m remembering a clmoun in the Absolute Sound where someone expressed shock and dismay at the price of a high end turntable, the reply was well, it’s cheap for a time machine! Sir Paul has been number one on my concert bucket list for many years, I’ve got to make it happen. I’ve been able to see a couple of Ringo’s All Starr Band shows, and the wave of emotion I felt standing 40 or so feet away from him while he was singing With a Little Help From My Friends is something that it almost indescribable, but you did it beautifully!I’ve been listening to a lot of George’s solo stuff in the last few years-it really connects with me emotionally and spiritually. The posthumously released Brainwashed really knocked me out and still does, a rich and rewarding listen that I return to often.

    • Eliza (14 Jun 2012, 8:13)

      I watched the Harrison domaecntury last night and really enjoyed it. A few quibbles-I thought some of the transitions were a bit abrupt, and I couldn’t help but notice Yoko using the occasion to get in yet another dig at Paul, elevating John in the process, of course. Loved the reminisces of Voorman, Clapton, Jim Keltner (is there a better session drummer?), Ringo, Derek Taylor’s wife and Olivia, and it was a wonderful touch having Dhani read his father’s letters. Have you read the Bob Spitz Beatles biography? Great stuff, almost half the book concentrates on their childhood and high school years in Liverpool. Another highly recommended read is engineer Geoff Emerick’s Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Beatles, a fascinating (particularly for us audiophiles) fly on the wall account of how they created those timeless recordings in the studio.

  2. Phil Lucafo (04 Apr 2012, 1:42)

    Interesting, but huge expectations would probably be unfairly placed upon them. I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t do it.

  3. Emily (04 Apr 2012, 9:45)

    Ugh. Too gimick-y.

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