"We asked Sir Paul's son James McCartney to join, but he just released his first solo album and he's already on tour and wasn't available, so we thought what the hell, let's see if Sir Paul will do it and, surprise, he was up for it," said Dhani, "but he only plays bass, we don't let him handle any vocals. James could still link up with us after his tour, we're keeping our fingers crossed."
Zak chimed in with "We were going to go with Sons Of The Beatles or maybe Beatlesons, but when Sir Paul joined, and yes, he makes us call him that, it didn't feel like a good fit anymore. I suggested The Beatles: The Next Generation, but nobody liked the mix of cultural references, so The Beatles, Jr. it is."
The set list is going to be a mix of old Beatles songs and new things they've written together, as well as a short set aimed at the people who will inevitably call this a cash grab. "We're planning on doing our version of the Rutlles "All You Need Is Cash," Spinal Tap's "(Gimme Some) Money," and a song my dad loved to cover with the original Beatles "Money (That's What I Want)," said Sean, "hopefully fans will get the irony and if not then at least buy tickets to the shows."
Ringo couldn't be reached for comment as he was busy with his next All-Starr show, but he likely would have said something upbeat, humorous and supportive.
They start out at The Hollywood Bowl on July, 1st and move across the US before setting their sites on Europe and beyond. Good luck to 'em I say, any Beatles is good Beatles, but only time will tell if this really will be the New Fab Four or merely just The Dung Beetles.