Paul McCartney didn’t hold back on his feelings about the Rolling Stones in a new interview.

A new feature piece for The New Yorker notes “the inventiveness of [The Beatles’] melodies and chord progressions” as they evolved as a band and how they were appreciated by the masses as well as those with more classical music leanings. While the piece mentions Sir Paul “waves away such high-flown talk,” he was rather forthcoming with how the Beatles stacked up against other bands.

“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,” said McCartney.

This isn’t the first time as of late that Macca touched on the Beatles vs. Stones debate. In an interview back in April 2020, he said that he thought the Beatles were better than the Rolling Stones but also mentioned, “The Stones are a fantastic group, I go and see them every time they come out. they’re a great, great band. I love them…Keith [Richards] once said to me, ‘You’re lucky, man, you have four singers in your band. We only have one.'”

Mick Jagger would later comment in an interview with Zane Lowe about McCartney's remarks, “That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition,” not saying outright which band was better.

He continued, “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. That business started in 1969, and the Beatles never experienced that.”

Jagger added, “They did a great gig, and I was there, at Shea stadium. They did that stadium gig. But the Stones went on, we started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and [are] still doing them now. That’s the real big difference between these two bands. One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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