Mick Jagger has responded to Paul McCartney, who said last week in an interview on The Howard Stern Show that he believed The Beatles were better than The Rolling Stones. The response came when Jagger joined Zane Lowe‘s Apple Music show on Thursday to promote the Stones’ new single, “Living in a Ghost Town”.
“When [The Stones] are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues,” McCartney told Stern in last week’s interview. “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.”
This Beatles vs. Stones debate has raged on for decades, and Jagger didn’t take McCartney’s comment to heart: “That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition,” he told Lowe. He did, however, use the opportunity to take a lighthearted jab back at The Beatles.
“The Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other eras when the Beatles never even did an arena tour,” said Jagger. “They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”
Jagger continued, “We started doing stadium gigs in the Seventies and [are] still doing them now. That’s the real big difference between the two bands. One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist.”
Watch the full interview below.
Mick Jagger Talks Paul McCartney, The Beatles, & The Rolling Stones
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The Rolling Stones were recently forced to postpone the 2020 No Filter summer tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no information regarding rescheduled dates has been released, the band has been busy recording and releasing new music. Head to The Rolling Stones’ website for the latest tour and album information.