The Beatles versus the Rolling Stones: fodder for debate for sixty years. Sometimes living heroes start a fire. This is how Mick Jagger, singer of the Stones, responded to the statement of former Beatle Paul McCartney, who believed that his band was better.
Which band has had the biggest musical influence? The Beatle McCartney thought his band was better because, he said, the Stones were only imitating the blues. Jagger now says the Beatles did the same thing.
In a 2020 interview with radio DJ Howard Stern, McCartney said he liked the Beatles more than the Stones. “They’re rooted in the blues. When they write songs, it’s always about the blues. We had some more musical influences ourselves. There’s a lot of differences, and I like the Stones, but I agree with you: The Beatles were better.”
McCartney plays on a Stones album
In an interview with times Jagger responds to the statements of his colleague, who also sings on the Stones’ new album Hackney Diamonds, which will be released on Friday. “He thought the Beatles were better than the Stones, because we were supposed to be a blues cover band. But the Beatles were just a blues cover band when they started. Every band at the beginning was a cover band.”
There was no real competition between the teams. Early in their fame, they agreed on who would release new material and when, so as not to get caught under each other’s commercial wheels.
Jagger also says he appreciates McCartney’s statements and uses them for his own gain in a funny way. “I once told the band during a show that Paul McCartney was in the audience and would be joining us on stage to play some of our blues covers. I also texted Paul to thank him for his statement, because I have a lot to make jokes about.”
Beatles Paul McCartney en Ringo Starr werken mee aan Rolling Stones-album
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