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The Who’s Roger Daltrey hits out at The Rolling Stones and labels them a ‘mediocre pub band’ 


The Who’s Roger Daltrey hits out at The Rolling Stones and labels them a ‘mediocre pub band’… weeks after Paul McCartney snidely branded the rockers ‘a blues cover band’

  • The singer, 77, didn’t hold back when giving his opinion of the group’s quality of music, despite the Stones being among the best-selling artists of all time
  • Speaking to the Coda Collection , Roger was asked about The Who’s contemporaries including the Stones and Led Zeppelin
  • He said: ‘As a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, “Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!”‘ 
  • The Rolling Stones have sold over 200 million albums and were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2004


Roger Daltrey has hit out at The Rolling Stones, labelling them a ‘mediocre pub band’. 

The Who singer, 77, didn’t hold back when giving his opinion of the rock group’s quality of music, despite the Stones being among the best-selling artists of all time.

Speaking to the Coda Collection, Roger was asked about The Who’s contemporaries including the Stones and Led Zeppelin.

His comments come just weeks after fellow music legend Paul McCartney said the group were ‘a blues cover band’ and insisted his group The Beatles were better.  

Blunt: Roger Daltrey has hit out at The Rolling Stones, labelling them a ‘mediocre pub band’

Discussing frontman Mick Jagger, he said: ‘You’ve got to take your hat off to him. He’s the number one rock ‘n’ roll performer.

He then added: ‘But as a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, “Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!”‘

The Rolling Stones have sold over 200 million albums and were inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall Of Fame in 2004. 

Despite their commercial success, the group have drawn criticism from others in the past including The Beatles’ Sir Paul.

Speaking out: The Who singer, 77, didn't hold back when giving his opinion of the rock group's quality of music, despite the Stones being among the best-selling artists of all time

Speaking out: The Who singer, 77, didn’t hold back when giving his opinion of the rock group’s quality of music, despite the Stones being among the best-selling artists of all time

Candid: His comments come just weeks after fellow music legend Paul McCartney said the group were 'a blues cover band' and insisted his group The Beatles were better

Candid: His comments come just weeks after fellow music legend Paul McCartney said the group were ‘a blues cover band’ and insisted his group The Beatles were better

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

In another interview with Howard Stern, Paul said he thought The Beatles were a better band overall.

He said: ‘They are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. [The Beatles] 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. 

Praise: Discussing frontman Mick Jagger, he said: 'You've got to take your hat off to him. He's the number one rock 'n' roll performer'

Praise: Discussing frontman Mick Jagger, he said: ‘You’ve got to take your hat off to him. He’s the number one rock ‘n’ roll performer’

Mick Jagger was later asked about Paul’s comments during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music.

He said: ‘That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition. 

‘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, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system. 

‘They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real. One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist.’ 

Paul said: 'I'm not sure I should say it, but they're a blues cover band, that's sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs' (The Rolling Stones pictured in October 2021)

Paul said: ‘I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs’ (The Rolling Stones pictured in October 2021)

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