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    John Lennon’s son Julian shocked by his father’s posthumous duet with Sir Paul McCartney

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    The son of slain Beatles legend John Lennon has spoken about how difficult it was to watch Glastonbury perform with former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney after his father’s death.

    Lennon was brought to life through the magic of video and artificial intelligence to perform a duet of the 1969 song ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ with Sir Paul, delivering an impressive three-hour set at the summer festival in June.

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    The fascinating maneuver was the brainchild of Peter Jackson, filmmaker of the Beatles documentary Get Back Back, who used machine learning technology to extract Lennon’s voice from decades-old recordings and create a facsimile of the live performance.

    I saw it on YouTube and was like, “Errrr. . . I don’t know if I’m comfortable with that. “I was surprised,” said Julian, 59, whose mother was Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia.

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    Julian was 17 years old when his father was shot dead in December 1980.

    Lennon was brought to life through the magic of the video to perform a duet of the 1969 song “I’ve Got A Feeling” with Sir Paul.

    Sir Paul McCartney left Beatles fans in awe after sharing the stage with his late bandmate John Lennon during his performance at Glastonbury in the 1980s in June.

    Sir Paul McCartney left Beatles fans in awe after sharing the stage with his late bandmate John Lennon during his performance at Glastonbury in the 1980s in June.

    Julian was 17 years old when his father was shot dead in December 1980.

    Julian was 17 years old when his father was shot dead in December 1980.

    He added that it was initially difficult to “bring his late father back to life” to perform with his former Beatles band, a trick Maka pulled at the opening show of his US world tour in April.

    Julian couldn’t see the original performance, not knowing how he could watch a video of his late father projected on a giant screen while listening to an eerily accurate rendition of his smooth, melodic voice.

    But two months after the US show, when Glasto arrived in late June, Julian decided to bite the bullet and see Sir Paul perform in the English countryside.

    “I really enjoyed it,” he said of finally coming to terms with the concept of his dad playing it on the big screen.

    Sir Paul became Worthy Farm Festival’s longest-serving headliner when he played a week after his 80th birthday.

    His debut set included performances with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, as well as a duet with Lennon that thrilled potential audiences.

    Peter Jackson, in the photo

    Sir Paul McCartney delivers a historic performance at Glastonbury's legendary Saturday night spotlight space

    Sir Paul McCartney delivered a historic performance at Glastonbury’s legendary headlining venue on Saturday night, thanks to the help of director Peter Jackson.

    Meanwhile, Jackson, who directed The Lord of the Rings, discussed how he was able to use modern technology to facilitate Lennon’s upcoming performance, though he didn’t want to divulge too many details.

    “We’ve developed a machine learning system that teaches us what a guitar sounds like, what a bass sounds like, what a voice sounds like,” said the New Zealander.

    We actually teach the computer what John sounds like and what Paul sounds like.

    Jackson is believed to have used the same techniques and artificial intelligence to restore a documentary about the Beatles, separating background noise, instruments and speech from the original monaural recordings so editors could use unusable footage.

    After an emotional duet at Glastonbury, which was well received by fans, Sir Paul admitted: “It’s special to me. I know it’s virtual. There I am again singing with John, we’re still together.

    Source: Daily Mail

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