Songwriter and photographer Julian Lennon reveals he was unimpressed by the celebration in Los Angeles marking the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s historic arrival in America.
“The last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else, clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles’ karaoke session,” he says.
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles was aired on US television last weekend and saw McCartney and Starr perform the band’s classic Hey Jude at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Julian’s brother Sean and Yoko Ono were among those attending.
Julian, 50, who is the son of the late Beatle’s first wife Cynthia, adds: “Give me the originals any day… that’s my cup of tea.
“That’s why I decided I preferred to be in a state of reflection and appreciation and doing something much more subtle and more heartfelt, in my mind, than the glitz and the glam of those kind of shows.”