Paul McCartney on The Rolling Stones: “They’re a blues cover band”

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“I feel [The Beatles’] The net was cast a little wider than theirs”

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Paul McCartney has labeled the Rolling Stones “a blues cover band” in a new interview.

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The musician was reflecting on The Beatles’ legacy when he remarked about the long-running band.

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talking to the new Yorker, McCartney, as the profile notes, ‘was not suggesting above that the Beatles worked from a wider range of music than their peers – at least not the Rolling Stones’.


McCartney said: “I’m not sure I should say that, but they are a blues cover band, much like the Stones.

“I think our net was a little wider than their net.”

McCartney’s New Yorker The comments come 18 months after a similar jibe was made at the Stones’ expense in April 2020.

Paul McCartney performs live in London in 2018 (Picture: Samir Hussain / WireImage)

“They’re rooted in the blues,” McCartney told Howard Stern about the Stones. “When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. [The Beatles] Had little effect.

“There’s a lot of differences, and I like the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”


Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger later responded by mocking McCartney’s comments, saying that “there is clearly no competition between the two bands”.

“One band is incredibly fortunate still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist,” Jagger said.

The Stones are currently on their rescheduled ‘No Filter’ tour of North America. Last weekend, the band performed their song ‘Connection’ live for the first time in 15 years.

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