Good morning gang. Now, I know we really try to foster positivity on this here blog but I feel there is something out there, Beatles related, that needs to be addressed and it's not going to get a lot of positive vibes from me. That something is James McCartney (Paul's son) coming out and saying that he'd be up for forming a band featuring nothing but begotten Beatles. Um, This. Is. Stupid. Don't get me wrong, people are free to form bands in any permutation that they wish, I'm cool with that. But, really James, let it be.
On the surface the prospect of James, Dhani Harrison, Sean Lennon and Zac Starkey coming together would seem like a marketing dream. But let me posit that it would be an absolute nightmare for all involved (and by "all involved" I mean "the fans"). First off, what would you call yourselves, The Silver (Spoon) Beetles? Second, Zac doesn't want to be involved. Dude didn't even want to join The Who or Oasis on a full-time basis. It's interesting that the least talented Beatle spawned the most (musically) talented Beatle kid. Third, there's a reason you don't tinker with The Beatles formula-it's because you're not a Beatle. Paul is Paul, you're James.
Also, how'd this sort of thing work out for the New Monkees? Not good, if I recall. Those guys were just cobbled together-much like the original Monkees-and had nothing (generally) to live up to. You're Beatle children. I don't think it would be well-received if Jack Osbourne got the Sabbath progeny together and started a band called Jack Sabbath. Now, it's one thing to have a group like The Temptations still performing and not one of the members is original, or under the age of 36 for that matter. KISS most likely will carry on for eons without Paul and Gene, that's sort of what KISS is bred for now, to be a Broadway production that just plugs in a guy with a hairy chest and a star painted on his face when Paul Stanley gives up the ghost. The Beatles aren't meant for those scenarios.
Again, I would not begrudge the lads if they decided to go this route. They would at least be the only qualified people on the planet to do it. I just don't get the part where you're inner pride or moxie or whatever doesn't kick in and say "hey, I kinda want to do my own thing and not make a big shadow bigger". Anyway, I'm probably in the minority since most would respond with "what's the big deal?" but I feel that someone has to start the push back on this and I'll step into that breach.