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Julian Lennon believes naming his upcoming album 'Jude' honors his heritage

Julian Lennon joins the latest episode of Elton John’s Rocket Hour, telling Elton the importance behind his forthcoming album, ‘Jude.’
Julian Lennon 2022. Music video still.

Julian Lennon 2022. Music video still.

By Carol Anne Szel

On Elton John’s Rocket Hour (via Apple Music 1), Julian Lennon tells Elton John, from one legendary musician to another, “I literally didn't think I was doing another album. I really didn't. I thought that that was it.” 

Lennon goes on to say, “But I started digging into a box of old tapes of mine from 30 years ago, in fact, when I used to live in LA, and found all these old songs that I hadn't...” Well, he admits, “that weren't right for previous albums or just…weren't quite finished."

The late Beatle John Lennon’s son continues: “That got me on a roll in updating them, reproducing them. Some of the songs, I mean, still have the original vocals on from my back bedroom in my home studio 30 years ago in L.A. So that got the ball rolling to get into doing this new album again.”

And this new album is titled Jude. Lennon explains why. “It felt very much a sort of coming of age, I guess. Especially as life moves on, you tend to look at your life and look at where you've come from.” He confesses, “And especially after having seen the Get Back movie with Sean and Olivia Harrison, and then Stella being there. I mean, I'd had the idea of the name before that, but it was just made so that it felt even more right.”

Elton John then asks Julian Lennon, “Did someone in The Beatles call you Jude then?”
Julian tells him, “Well, it was McCartney. ‘Hey Jude’ was in fact, ‘Hey, Jules’ in its initial stages. And it was very much written about him thinking about me and my circumstances and that I needed to be strong and at the end of the day, find my way through this mess that I was going to be in…” 

Lennon concludes, “I think I honored the song and I think I honored where I've come from, my legacy, so to speak, my heritage. I think, again, now just felt like the right time, because life is too short and this felt perfect for this moment, too.”


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