A new chapter has been added to the long-running rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Mick Jagger called out fellow music icon Paul McCartney at a Rolling Stones concert at Los Angeles’ Sophie Stadium on Thursday night after the Beatles star referred to his band as a “blues cover band.”
During the concert, 78-year-old Jagger quipped, “Paul McCartney is here, he’s going to help us — he’s going to join us on a blues cover later.”
“I’m not sure I should say that, but they’re a blues cover band, like the Stones,” McCartney, 79, told the New Yorker earlier this week.
During Thursday’s concert, Jagger highlighted a few other superstars who weren’t present, including the late Kirk Douglas and Lady Gaga, who are now doing their shows in Las Vegas.
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During an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music in April 2020, Jagger and bandmate Keith Richards discussed how their band compares to the Fab Four.
“One band is incredibly fortunate still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist,” Jagger said at the time.
“The big difference, though, and a little seriously, is that the Rolling Stones are a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never toured an area, or Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system. ,” Jagger explained. “They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.
“They broke up before the touring business could really start … they [The Beatles] he did [Shea] stadium gig [in 1965]. But the Stones kept going,” he continued. “We started stadium programs in the 1970s and still do.”
McCartney commented after appearing on The Howard Stern Show around the same time and telling Howard Stern that “the Beatles were better than the Stones”.
During an interview with Howard Stern in April 2020, McCartney attacked rival rock bands. McCartney said at the time, “They’re rooted in the blues. When they’re writing stuff, it’s all about the blues.” “We had a little more influence… There are a lot of differences and I like the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”