Paul McCartney brands The Rolling Stones “a blues covers band”

Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones
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Paul McCartney has dismissed The Rolling Stones as a blues covers band in a new interview with The New Yorker.

Speaking to the publication around the launch of Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back documentary, the songwriter said, “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.”

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.