Ringo Starr Explains Last Beatles Track Would Not Use Fake Vocals
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Ringo Starr has confirmed that a forthcoming Beatles song utilizes only original recordings by John Lennon and George Harrison from before their deaths.
Last month, Paul McCartney revealed that the unnamed track was completed with the assistance of artificial intelligence, using an old demo tape by Lennon. McCartney explained:
“We were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI so that then we could mix the record as you would normally do — it gives you some sort of leeway.
“So there’s a good side to it and then a scary side and we’ll just have to see where that leads.”
This confused fans about whether Lennon’s voice on the track was genuine or AI-generated. However, in an upcoming Rolling Stone Music Now podcast episode, Starr emphasized that the band would “never” fake Lennon’s vocals. He described the final track, “This was beautiful,” he continued, “and it’s the final track you’ll ever hear with the four lads. And that’s a fact.”
It’s worth noting that the Beatles have previously worked on Lennon’s demos. In 1994, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison reunited to finish “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love,” which were later included in the Anthology 1 and Anthology 2 compilations.
Afterward, McCartney clarified his earlier statements. He said:
“Seems to be a lot of guess work out there.
“Can’t say too much at this stage but to be clear, nothing has been artificially or synthetically created. It’s all real and we all play on it. We cleaned up some existing recordings — a process which has gone on for years. We hope you love it as much as we do. More news in due course.”