You’d think the Beatles had been reunited when a snap of the sons of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney was posted on Instagram. The two who have a striking resemblance to their fathers posted the snap on Monday.
Who is Sean Ono Lennon?
42-year-old Sean Ono Lennon is the only child of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, while 40-year-old James McCartney is the fourth child of Paul and Linda.
Sean has a half-brother named Julian aged 55, who was the son of John and his former wife, Cynthia. He himself, went on to have a hugely successful music career, in which he became a musician himself, as well as a producer for a number of famous bands. He most notably paid tribute to his dad in a TV special in 2001 named Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.
When asked by The Guardian in 2015 about what had drawn him into music and whether there was one Beatles song particular which triggered his interest in the industry, he said: “I love things like ‘A Day in the Life,’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ but I don’t really have a favorite song outside the context of a moment. I feel the same way about colors. I don’t have a favourite color. I don’t understand why anyone does. Generally, I’ll say that my favourite period of the Beatles is that period starting with Revolver — when they were really pushing the limits of progressive songwriting.
“I’ll also say the only reason I’m interested in art and music at all is because of my parents. Respect for them is at the heart of everything I do. It defines me. I consider myself a momma’s boy, a poppa’s boy — I sort of hero-worshipped them as a child, then went to work making music on my own.”
Who is James McCartney?
James is the only son of Paul, but he does have three full sisters whose names are Heather, Mary and of course, the fashion designer, Stella McCartney. He also has a half-sister aged 14, from his father’s marriage to Heather Mills whom he was married to between 2002-2008.
Alike Sean, James also followed in his father’s footsteps and went on to have a career in music. During his career, he has released two EPs and two albums. He has also worked on material with his father in the past. He stated that when first starting out, he refused to use the name ‘McCartney’ as he wanted to try and make it on his own accord.
“It’s hard to live up to the Beatles,” James told the Daily Mail in 2013 “When Wings toured, they got slated. Even Dad found it hard living up to the Beatles. I started out playing under an alias because I wanted to start quietly. I had to serve my time as a musician and wait until I had a good body of songs and for a time when both myself and my music were ready. I don’t want to sit around. I want to earn my own living.”
He admitted that he also struggled with substance abuse, in which he ended up in rehab and put a massive strain on his relationship with his father.
As the photo was posted online, many fans speculated that a collaboration between the sons of the two Beatles stars may be announced, but nothing on that front has been spoken of.
The Instagram photo caused worldwide sensation…
Sean Lennon simply captioned the photo: ‘Peekaboo’.
One fan commented: “This made my day!!! So love that the Lennon and McCartney families are still tied. Wishing you both all the best. We all would love to hear some music from you-no pressure lol.”
“You two definitely look like your famous fathers. I am still saddened by the loss of your father Sean. The world lost a wonderful person.” another went on to say.
Whilst another added: “McLennon of today!!”
One fan stated how much the two were the spitting image of their dads: “Wow, y’all look exactly like your dads. It’s fun to see Lennon & McCartney again. Best wishes to you both!”
Other fans cleverly used the title’s of some of the Beatles most popular hits within their comments: “Would love to see these guys ‘Come Together’ with either their dad’s music or their own. After all, they inherited from the best! ‘Imagine,’” one fan said.
Paul McCartney makes EPIC comeback and John Lennon tribute…
The snap was shared just weeks after Paul McCartney went back to the venue where the Beatles were born during the 1960’s – the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. He starred in a one-off secret show at the venue, much to the shock of gobsmacked fans.
The news of the concert was publicised on Paul’s personal Twitter account, in which he revealed that just 200 tickets were on sale at the nearby Echo Arena. Purchased at a first-come-first-served basis, the tickets were sold out in quick time, as expected.
McCartney performed a 28-song set, in which he sang some of his most popular hits from The Beatles and his own solo career.
Earlier on in the year, Paul marched in John Lennon’s honour, to hit out against gun crime. Lennon’s life was cut short in 1980, when he was shot to death when on the way back to his home in New York City.
At the time, Paul told CNN: “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me. We can end gun violence.”
“I don’t know if we can end gun violence,” he said. “But this is what we can do, so I’m here to do it.”
The march held in New York City, was one of 800 which was being held worldwide as part of the Washing D.C ‘March of Our Lives Event.
The Whitehouse released a statement saying: “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law. Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”