Someone gets an umbrella for Paul McCartney because he casts too many shadows.
In an interview with The New Yorker, the Beatles member called British rival rock band The Rolling Stones a “blues cover band.”
“I’m not sure I have to say that, but they’re a blues band, these stones,” McCartney, 79, said. “I think our network is a little wider than theirs.”
This is not the first dig in the group. In an interview with Howard Stern in April 2020, McCartney said he thought the Beatles were better than the Stones.
“Their root is in the blues. When they write something, it’s about the blues,” McCartney said at the time. “It affected us a little bit more … There are a lot of differences and I love the rocks, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
Stones frontman Mick Jagger responded to comments on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show a few weeks later. Jagger, 78, called McCartney a “sweetheart” and said “it’s clear there is no competition between the two groups.”
“The big difference is, a little more seriously, that the Rolling Stones have been a big concert group in other decades and elsewhere, where the Beatles have never had a good sound system on an arena tour or in Madison Square Garden.” Jagger explained. “They broke up before the business started, the tour really is.”
“They divorced before the touring business started … They [The Beatles] did so [Shea] stadium concerts [in 1965]. But the stones continued, “he said.” We started stadium concerts in the 1970s and continue to do so now. “
Indeed, the Stones are still on tour, even without drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August.
“It’s a really big difference between the two groups,” Jagger added. “Fortunately, one group still plays in the stadiums, then no other group.”
McCartney recently said that the last bandmate to disband the Beatles was John Lennon. “I didn’t provoke a split. It was our Johnny,” McCartney told BBC Radio 4 in an Oct. 24 broadcast.
“I’m not the one who started the split. No, no, no,” he said. “John came into the room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’ Does this provoke division or not? ”