THE FABRICATED FOUR
The phenomenon that was The Beatles, still arguably the most successful and popular band of all time (you can fudge the figures of modern contemporaries all you like) continues to command a huge fan base hungry for more of their music. So it’s no surprise that idle chatter of a Beatles Version 2 is getting a few folks a little excited. It’s the offspring of the Fab Four playing with the idea with James McCartney, son of Paul and Linda, recently playing at the famous Cavern nightclub in Liverpool and being quoted as saying he’d like to have a go at “being better than The Beatles”. Apparently Sean Lennon, who would come complete with his own Japanese girlfriend, is up for giving it a go and Dhani Harrison can pluck out a few chords on a good day. All of them have less-than-stellar musical careers that aren’t setting the world on fire. Ironically, the son of Ringo Starr–Ringo often being the Beatle given the least kudos for the band’s achievements (John Lennon once quipped, when asked if Ringo was the “best drummer in the world” that Ringo wasn’t even “the best drummer in the room”) Zak Starkey is easily the most successful of these musical progeny and he’s not particularly interested. Zak is a highly-respected drummer who has played for the likes of The Who and Oasis. Propping up the other Beatles babies can’t be appealing.
Die-hard Beatles fans reckon genetics will ensure a great result. Music critics aren’t so convinced. Suggesting a name for the band is becoming a popular sport with one journalist putting forward “For God’s Sake, Let It Be” and “Here Comes The Sons”.
Anyone else want to have a go?