In a new interview with New Yorker, THE BEATLES legend Paul McCartney talked about THE ROLLING STONES, saying they are “a blues cover band.”
“I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the STONES are,” McCartney said. “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
In a last year’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show, McCartney was asked if he thinks THE BEATLES and better than THE ROLLING STONES, to which he responded: “[Laughs] Well, you know, Howard, you know you’re gonna persuade me to agree with that one. I’ve always said it but the thing is, THE STONES are a fantastic group, I go see them every time they come out. They’re just a great, great band.
“Mick [Jagger, vocals] can really do it, the singing and the moves and Keith [Richards, guitar], and now Ronnie [Wood, guitar], you know, and Charlie [Watts, drumms], I mean, they’re great, I love ’em,” he continued. But they’re just rooted in the blues, and so when they’re writing stuff, it’s to do with the blues. Whereas, we had a little more influences. I mean, Keith once said to me, ‘You’re lucky, man,’ he said, ‘You have four singers in your band,’ he said,’ ‘We got one.’
“You know, there’s a lot of differences, and I love THE STONES, but I’m with you — THE BEATLES were better.”