Paul McCartney disses The Rolling Stones, calling them ‘a blues cover band’

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The 79-year-old former Beatle ignited a long-running debate about which British acts were the greatest during a new interview in The New Yorker.

While discussing the growth and development of the Beatles with editor David Remnick, McCartney suggested that he and his bandmates work with a more elaborate musical palette. “I’m not sure I should say this, but they’re a blues cover band, like the Stones,” McCartney told Remnick. “I think our net was a little wider than their net.”


While most would agree that the Beatles were the most successful rock band of all time, The Rolling Stones dubbed themselves “the greatest rock and roll band in the world” in the late ’60s, just before the dissolution of the Beatles.

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The Stones initially covered songs by other authors, including “It’s All Over Now” written by Bobby Womack (and sister-in-law Shirley Womack) and even “I Wanna Be Your Man” written by John Lennon and McCartney. .

But by 1965, with songs like “The Last Time” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were writing most of the Stones’ material.

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This friendly (?) back-and-forth between the Beatles and the Stones has been going on for decades. one in 1970 Interview with Rolling Stone“They’re not in the same class, music-wise or power-wise, never were,” Lennon said.

Jagger and McCartney feuded a year ago, McCartney told Howard Stern, “There are a lot of differences, and I like the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”

In response, Jagger said, “It’s so funny,” he said. “She’s a darling. There’s clearly no competition.”

The Rolling Stones at the Trax Club in New York City, NY, to promote their new album on September 23, 1977.  left to right;  Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Ron Wood.

However, he said on “The Zane Lowe Show” on Apple Music that there was a difference between the bands. “The Rolling Stones are a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never toured an arena, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system,” he said.

“That’s the real big difference between these two bands. One band is incredibly fortunate still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist.”

Sir Paul’s latest slam follows McCartney’s “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”, a book out on 2 November, which collected lyrics from 154 of his songs, including “Eleanor Rigby” and “Band on the Run”. Is. “The Beatles: Get Back,” the documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, is coming to Disney+ in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.

(LR): Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon in an image from Peter Jackson's documentary

The Rolling Stones did not comment on McCartney’s recent statements, and the Twitter feeds of Jagger and Richards did not address them.

In an upcoming interview on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life”, which aired on 23 October, McCartney stated that it was John Lennon who wanted The Beatles to disband, Associated Press reported. “I didn’t instigate division,” he said. “He was our Johnny.”

McCartney also had a few words for Lennon in the detailed New Yorker interview. The topic was raised about the time of the breakup and allegations that Lennon had orchestrated the “Let It Be” cameras exposing McCartney and the other Beatles were “fed of being sidemen to Paul.”

Remnick wrote that McCartney laughed at him and said. “John talked a lot of bulls****.”

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