The Next Generation Of Beatles?
Sir Paul McCartney’s son James is taking a leaf out of his dad’s book and pursuing a music career, even gigging at the Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Beatles performed over 50 years ago.
The 34 year old will be performing in Liverpool, followed by a gig in Dublin and a European tour. James insists his decision to have a stage name of ‘Light’ wasn’t to detract from his famous surname and that the renowned family connection has only further helped him, “It can be difficult standing on your own two feet so more than anything it's a help”. James has also lent his guitar skills to two of his famous dad’s albums and in turn Paul has co-produced his son's two EPs including during sessions at Abbey Road studios.
When questioned about the possibility of a collaboration between the other Beatles offspring for a Beatles: Next Generation, with Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son) he commented, “'Maybe Jason would want to do it (another of Ringo’s sons). 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.” James confirmed that the idea had been mooted 'a little bit' and hopes that it does come together “hopefully, naturally”.
The Beatles were regulars at the Cavern in the early 1960s, performing nearly 300 shows. The original venue closed in 1973, but was rebuilt on the same street and reopened in 1984, becoming a major tourist attraction. James said of the venue "It's where so many great music careers began and of course where my dad's band used to play, so it's a special moment."