The Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, has responded to Paul McCartney’s claims that The Beatles were a better band in a new interview with Zane Lowe.
The back and forth between music icons has arisen from the moment former Beatles bassist McCartney jovially claimed that at the height of their fame, when The Beatles appeared to be in direct competition with The Stones, the Liverpudlians had the edge.
“[The Rolling Stones] are rooted in the blues,” McCartney said on The Howard Stern Show. “When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. We had a little more influences.”
McCartney added: “There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
Now, in response, Jagger hasn’t taken such a lighthearted tone.
Appearing on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show alongside bandmate Keith Richards earlier this week, the never-ending debate between the two icons of rock music was again brought up. “The Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas, when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system,” Jagger commented.
He added: “They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real. We started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and [are] still doing them now. That’s the real big difference between these two bands.
“One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums, and then the other band doesn’t exist.”
Listen to both interviews, below.