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Paul McCartney calls the Rolling Stones a ‘blues cover band’ and compares them to the Beatles


Paul McCartney calls the Rolling Stones a ‘blues cover band’ and says the Beatles’ ‘net was cast a bit wider than theirs’

  • The musical icon compared his Beatles to their fellow British musical legends 
  • Last year,  McCartney told Howard Stern he felt the Beatles were the better band
  • Mick Jagger responded there was ‘obviously no competition’ between the groups 
  • Jagger compared the dynamics of the two bands in terms of touring 
  • The Rolling Stones are currently on their No Filter tour 
  • They hit the road in the wake of drummer Charlie Watts’ passing  in August


Paul McCartney called The Rolling Stones a blues cover band in a new interview in which he compared his Beatles to their fellow British musical legends.

‘I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are,’ McCartney, 79, told The New Yorker. ‘I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.’

The comments came about a year-and-a-half after McCartney told Howard Stern he believed his band was better overall.

The latest: Paul McCartney, 79, called The Rolling Stones a blues cover band in a new interview in which he compared his Beatles tp their fellow British musical legends. He was snapped last month in London 

‘They are rooted in the blues,’ McCartney said in the April 14, 2020 interview. ‘When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. We had a little more influences.

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

In an appearance on Apple Music’s The Zane Lowe Show later that month, Mick Jagger touched on the issue, saying he felt McCartney is a ‘sweetheart’ and he felt there was ‘obviously no competition’ between the iconic musical groups. 

Jagger compared the dynamics of the two bands in terms of touring.

Onstage: (L-R) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were snapped during a Saturday concert in Nashville

Onstage: (L-R) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were snapped during a Saturday concert in Nashville 

McCartney told Howard Stern last year he believed his band was better overall

McCartney told Howard Stern last year he believed his band was better overall 

The band was snapped arriving in Burbank, California on a private plane Monday

The band was snapped arriving in Burbank, California on a private plane Monday 

‘The big difference, though, is, and sort of slightly seriously, is that the Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, or Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system,’ Jagger said. ‘They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.’

He noted how the Beatles played a concert at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965, and how The Rolling Stones ‘started stadium gigs in the 1970s and are still doing them now.

‘That’s the real big difference between these two bands,’ Jagger said. ‘One band is unbelievably luckily, still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.’

Out and about: McCartney was seen at his daughter Stella's fashion show in Paris earlier this month

Out and about: McCartney was seen at his daughter Stella’s fashion show in Paris earlier this month 

Stalwart: The legendary showman was seen onstage in Nashville last week

Stalwart: The legendary showman was seen onstage in Nashville last week 

The Rolling Stones have continued to hit the road on their No Filter tour in the wake of drummer Charlie Watts’ passing this past August.

In the chat with The New Yorker, McCartney spoke about how the Beatles began to become weary of touring by 1966.

‘It had been sort of brewing, you know, this distaste for schlepping around and playing in the rain with the danger of electricity killing you,’ McCartney said. ‘You kind of just look at yourself and go, “Wait a minute, I’m a musician, you know. I’m not a rag doll for children to scream at.”‘

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