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Paul McCartney calls the Rolling Stones a “blues cover band”


Someone offers Paul McCartney an umbrella because it is very shaded.

In an interview with The New Yorker, the Beatles member called rival British rock band The Rolling Stones a “blues cover band.”


“I’m not sure I should say it, but this is a blues cover band, kind of what the Stones are,” said McCartney, 79. “I think our net was a bit wider than theirs.”

It is not the first time that he has taken an interest in the group, either. In April 2020, McCartney said in a talk with Howard Stern that he thought the Beatles were better than the Stones.

“They’re steeped in the blues. When they write stuff, it has to do with the blues, ”McCartney said at the time. “We had a little more influence… There are a lot of differences and I love the Stones, 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 “heart” and said “there is obviously no competition” between the two bands.

“The big difference, though, is, and sort of a little seriously, that The Rolling Stones are a great gig band in other decades and other areas where the Beatles never even toured in. the arenas, or Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system, ”Jagger explained. “They broke up before this business started, the touring business for real.”

“They broke up before the tours started in earnest… They [The Beatles] Do it [Shea] concert at the stadium [in 1965]. But the Stones kept going, ”he said. “We started playing stadium concerts in the 1970s and we still do them now.”

And indeed, the Stones are still on tour, even without longtime drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August.

“That’s the real big difference between these two groups,” Jagger added. “One group is incredibly lucky, still plays in the stadiums and the other group doesn’t exist. “

McCartney recently alleged that his late bandmate John Lennon was the one who broke The Beatles. “I did not start the split. He was our Johnny, ”McCartney told BBC Radio 4 in an interview to air on October 24.

“I am not the person who caused the split. Oh no, no, no, ”he said. “John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles’. Was he the instigator of the split, or not? “