Paul McCartney phoned in to The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM radio earlier this week, where he and the show’s host engaged in a spirited, age-old discussion comparing The Beatles to The Rolling Stones.
“The Beatles are better than The Rolling Stones,” Stern asserted at the beginning of the segment.
McCartney, The Beatles co-founder, had no counter-argument and unsurprisingly agreed with Stern: “You know you’re going to persuade me to agree with that one.” McCartney continued, “They are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. 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.”
Before the two discussed The Stones’ attempt at making a Sgt. Peppers-like album with 1967’s Their Satanic Majesties Request, McCartney reflected on a conversation he had with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards: “[Richards] said ‘you were lucky, man. You had four singers in your band… we’ve got one.'” McCartney noted that there are a lot of differences between the two and that he loves the Stones, but once again reaffirmed his position on the subject.
Listen to the entire interview below and head to Howard Stern’s website for more clips from the show.
Howard Stern & Paul McCartney On The Beatles Vs. The Rolling Stones
[Video: The Howard Stern Show]
Like all musicians, Paul McCartney has had to cancel a bevy of tour dates this spring and summer, including his appearance at Glastonbury Festival, due to the ongoing pandemic. While it is unclear when the live event industry will get the green light to host concerts once again, fans can head to McCartney’s website for the latest information.
[H/T Rolling Stone]