He knew he was launching a debate: In a new interview with The New Yorker, former Beatle Paul McCartney (79) once again fueled his alleged rivalry with the Rolling Stones. Since both teams conquered the world from England at a similar time, their fans argue to this day who is actually better. “I’m not sure if I should say it, but they are the blues band. That’s actually what the Stones are,” joked McCartney. “I think we expanded our network a little bit wider than you did,” he adds, referring to the musical influences and the bands’ accomplishments.
In fact, the Rolling Stones have always remained true to their blues roots. Her latest album “Blue and Lonesome,” for example, is a collection of covered blues classics. The live songs of legends like Chuck Berry (1926-2017) or Muddy Waters (1913-1983) can often be found on their playlists. On the other hand, the Beatles relied on albums like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, or “Yellow Submarine,” set standards in musical innovation – but was also much less active than the Stones.
Jagger takes it with a sense of humor
On Thursday, the band played around singer Mick Jagger, 78, at Sophie’s Arena in Los Angeles. There the front man also reacted to the taunts from his fellow musician. Jagger welcomed celebrities such as Lady Gaga (35) and Leonardo DiCaprio (46) into the audience. He then spoke of the former Beatles: “Paul McCartney is here too. He probably wants to join our blues band.” Jagger certainly noticed the swipe — but he takes it with good humor.
The fact that McCartney was in attendance that evening also shows that the competition is really just a show. Both teams were friends during the breakout times of the 1960s. According to their own statements, there was no quarrel or jealousy between the groups. (to talk)
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