Ringo Starr doubles down on the authenticity of the vocals on the highly anticipated new Beatles song, which Paul McCartney recently teased.
Starr assured Rolling Stone for an upcoming podcast that they would “never” fake John Lennon’s vocals for the new track, which instead employs artificial intelligence to clean up previously recorded snippets.
Starr confirmed that the composition will also feature the voice of the late George Harrison.
“This was beautiful,” he said, remarking that “this is the last song you’ll ever hear with the four boys. “This is a fact.”
Last month, McCartney attempted to clarify the use of artificial intelligence on what he described as the “final” Beatles composition.
“There has been some confusion and rumor surrounding it,” he wrote on his verified Instagram story at the time. There appears to be much speculation out there.
“Can’t say much at the moment, but to be explicit, nothing has been created artificially or synthetically. It’s all true, and we’re all playing,” he continued. We polished up some existing recordings, a process that took years to complete.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program on June 13, the 81-year-old legendary musician stated that artificial intelligence was being used to release a “new” track featuring all four Beatles, including Lennon and Harrison, who died in 1980 and 2001, respectively.
“When we came to make what will be the final Beatles album – John had a demo that we worked on, and we just finished it; it will be released this year – we were able to take John’s voice and get it pure through this AI,” McCartney explained. Then, we were able to mix the record according to standard procedure.
Meanwhile, Starr is approaching his 83rd birthday on July 7.
The music legend, who recently completed a spring tour with his All-Starr Band, told Rolling Stone that he’s in excellent spirits. “The thing is, you never know when you’re going to die,” he added. “And I’m not dropping yet.”