Ringo Starr assures there's no AI John Lennon vocals on last Beatles song

'It's the final track you’ll ever hear with the four lads. And that's a fact'
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In early June, Paul McCartney announced that The Beatles would be releasing a "final" song featuring all of the members alive and passed, utilizing AI to smooth over any rough edges. Now, drummer Ringo Starr has shed some more light on the touchy subject.

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Just last month, McCartney explained in an interview with the BBC that late band members John Lennon and George Harrison, who passed in 1980 and 2001 respectively, would be included on a final Beatles song currently being worked on. Utilizing artificial intelligence, he said, the voices of Lennon and Harrison were taken from background sounds used during the making of Peter Jackson's 2021 documentary, The Beatles: Get Back.

In an upcoming episode of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, drummer Ringo cleared up any confusion McCartney may have caused using that dreaded "AI" term, stating the band would "never" use faked vocals to accomplish their goal. "This was beautiful," Starr adds of the track, scheduled to be released later this year. "And it's the final track you’ll ever hear with the four lads. And that's a fact."

Paul himself also addressed the controversy, saying on social media, "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."

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