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.”
The Beatles vs Stones debate has rumbled since the '60s and often been mutually beneficial for the rock legends. Even last year, McCartney was making similar comments to Howard Stern, telling the DJ, “When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. We had a little more influences.” Though he still admitted they’re a “great, great band.”
Mick Jagger took it well at the time, telling Zane Lowe in response: “That’s so funny. He’s a sweetheart. [But] there’s obviously no competition… 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… They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”
In the same piece with The New Yorker, McCartney also discusses an unfinished John Lennon song, Now and Then, which he says he still intends to complete.
The final track was reportedly once described by George Harrison as “fucking rubbish”, but The New Yorker reports “McCartney wants to fill out the last of them”, so perhaps there’s one more Lennon-McCartney song in the works…