Paul McCartney controversially compared the Rolling Stones to a “blues cover band”.
During an interview with The New Yorker, the 79-year-old musician was asked how the Beatles compared to other popular bands formed in the 1960s, and he insisted the band’s catalog was broader .
“I’m not sure I should say this, but it’s a blues cover band, it’s kind of what the Stones are,” McCartney said. “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
This isn’t the first time the music legend has commented on the Beatles’ longstanding rivalry with the rock band. Speaking to Howard Stern last year, he agreed with the presenter that the Beatles were a better band, but argued that ‘the Stones are a fantastic band’ and he always sees them live when possible .
“They’re rooted in the blues. When they write stuff, it has to do with the blues. So we had a little more influence,” the star told Stern. “There are a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
Following the remarks, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger replied, “That’s so funny.”
“He’s a lover,” he continued. “There is obviously no competition.”
The singer added that his band was different from the Beatles because they were a “big concert band”.
“They broke up before this business started, the touring industry didn’t really start until the late 60s,” Jagger, 78, insisted. “That’s the real big difference between these two bands. One band is incredibly happily still playing in stadiums and the other band doesn’t exist.”