Sean Lennon will be interviewing Paul McCartney, Elton John, and his half-brother Julian Lennon for a BBC Radio special commemorating what would have been his father’s 80th birthday. Rolling Stone reported the John Lennon At 80 radio show will be broadcast in two 60-minute installments on October 3rd and 4th, at 4 p.m. ET on BBC Radio 2.
McCartney will discuss his friendship and partnership with Lennon and perform a bit of the early-unreleased Lennon/McCartney original, “Just Fun.” Elton’s segment has him recalling biking eight miles in 1967 to purchase the Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
According to the show’s synopsis: “Both (Lennon’s sons) recall time spent in the studio at different points in John’s solo career — Julian during the making of the Walls And Bridges album in 1974, and Sean during the recording of Double Fantasy, shortly before John’s death in December 1980. They chat warmly about their memories of growing up as John Lennon’s son and how that reflected on their own musical careers.”
During a recent stop on CBS’ The Talk, Sean Lennon gave a window into what his life is like being the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono: “Well, it’s interesting, because obviously, I do encounter a lot of pressure in terms of people, sort of. . . Y’know, I know when they see me, they see my father, which I can’t help. I look like him, I look like her — and, y’know, frankly, I think they’re cool-looking so I don’t (laughs) mind (laughter, applause). Honestly, I don’t play music in terms of trying to compete with my dad, because I don’t think I could play if I did that. But, I take comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one that will never be as successful as the Beatles, (laughs) y’know?”