Being the child of a famous person can make for a rough life, despite its obvious privileges. And for children pursuing careers in the footsteps of their parents, it’s even more complicated.
That said, you have to wonder what James McCartney is thinking. In a recent interview with the BBC, he mentioned that he would be up for the idea of forming a band with three other children of Beatles and calling themselves — wait for it — The Beatles: The Next Generation. (Not to be confused with Captain Picard, of course.)
Granted, all four are in fact already musical: McCartney recently put out a collection of his strummy, Macca-redolent songs, Sean Lennon (son of John) has released a series of inventive solo and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger albums; Dhani Harrison (son of George) drops pretty good rock records with his band thenewno2; and Zak Starkey (son of Ringo Starr) has hit skins for Oasis, the Who, and a host of others.
“I’d be up for it,” the 34-year-old McCartney told the BBC. “Sean seemed to be into it, Dhani seemed to be into it.” He noted that Starkey seemed to be the holdout, though he also suggested the idea of recruiting one of Starr’s other sons.
Though he ultimately said the whole thing was a big “maybe,” it’s still strange to think he would even consider such a thing. In the interview, he talks about wanting to be better than the Beatles, or at least their equivalent.
Oh, James. That’s a tough statement to get out from under.
Even if The Beatles: The Next Generation puts out an exceptional album, will anybody say, “Yes, this is better than Revolver”? That’s unlikely. Remember when the Beatles’ version of Rock Band came out a few years ago, along with those remasters of all the albums? People went nuts all over again, and it was music that’s been out there for 50 years.
McCartney should keep his sights high, but not quite so high. Maybe his first goal should be to record a song better than “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill.” Then he can move on to more advanced stuff.
What do you think? Would you give The Beatles: The Next Generation a chance, or would the project be DOA?
UPDATE: McCartney clarified his position on his Facebook page. “Honestly, I was just thinking out loud about playing with Beatles family friends, nothing more,” he wrote.
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