Did Paul McCartney fly some street fighting words in Mill Jagger and the Rolling Stones?
The former Beatle, 79, in a new interview with The New Yorker, did not pick up on the long-running debate over which British acts were the greatest.
Discussing the development and evolution of The Beatles with editor David Remnick, McCartney suggested that he and his bandmates work with a more elaborate music palette. “I’m not sure I want to say that, but they’re a blues cover band, which means the Stones,” McCartney told Remnick. “I think our trap is a bit wider than them.”
Most would agree that The Beatles were the most successful rock band of all time, but the Rolling Stones called themselves the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” in the late ’60s, before the Beatles melted.
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Stones initially did cover songs for other writers, including “It’s All Over Now,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man” by John Lennon and McCartney by Bobby Womack (and Sousa Shirley Womack).
But by 1965, “The Last Time” and “(I Can’t).”
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The Beatles and Stones won’t allow it
This friendly (?) Back and forth between the Beatles and the Stones has continued for decades. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1970, Lennon said, “They were never in the same class, music-wise or energy-wise.”
Jagger and McCartney competed a year after McGartney said Howard Stern said, “There are a lot of differences, and I love the stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were great.”
In response, Jagger said, “It’s so funny,”. “He’s a darling. Obviously there’s no competition.”
However, he told Apple Music on “The Anne Lowe Show” that there was a difference between bands. “The Rolling Stones have been a great concert band in other decades and in other areas, when the Beatles never toured the Arena, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system,” he said.
“That’s a really big difference between these two bands. One band is incredibly fortunate still playing in the stadiums, and the other band doesn’t exist.
This latest slam by Sir Paul is ahead of McCartney’s “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”, a forthcoming book on November 2, which compiles the lyrics of “Eleanor Rigby” and “Band on the Run” and their 154 songs and “The Beatles” directed by Peter Jackson. : Get Back, ”a documentary series, is coming to Disney + on November 25, 26, and 27 in three parts.
The Rolling Stones have had no comment on McCartney’s recent statements, and Jagger and Richards’ Twitter feeds have not addressed them.
In an upcoming interview on BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life”, which will air on October 23, McCartney wants to disband the Beatles, reports John Lennon, The Associated Press. “I didn’t instigate division.”
McCartney even had a few words for Lennon in an elaborate New Yorker interview. “Let It Be” cameras were organized to highlight McCartney, and other Beatles were “bored of being a side man to Paul,” the timing and allegations of Lennon’s divorce.
Remnik wrote that McCartney saw it and laughed. “John talked a lot of bull ****.”
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