Sean Ono Lennon, the youngest son of Beatles founding member John Lennon, will interview his father’s former bandmate Paul McCartney as part of a brand new special two-part radio show.
The shows, which is being produced in a bid to commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, will be made available on 3 and 4 October, just a few days before of Lennon’s birthday, which is 9 October.
During the interview McCartney opens up about his relationship with Lennon: “How lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy Boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other,” he says, before adding: “I look back on it now like a fan.”
While the conversation is wide-ranging, McCartney also reflects on some of the earliest days making music alongside Lennon, actually admitting that “there were a few songs that weren’t very good”.
He added: “Eventually, we started to write slightly better songs and then enjoyed the process of learning together so much that it really took off.”
Alongside McCartney, the shows will also feature interviews with Sean’s half-brother, Julian, and his godfather Sir Elton John. Speaking about the project, Radio 2 boss Helen Thomas said: “John Lennon is one of the Radio 2 audience’s most popular and best-loved musicians, so we’re thrilled and honoured that Sean’s first ever radio programme in which he talks at length about his father, alongside his brother Julian, Paul McCartney and Elton John, will be broadcast on our network.”
The ‘John Lennon At 80’ shows air on October 3 and 4 at 9pm on BBC Radio 2.