Apparently geriatric rocker Mick Jagger has had his memory go bad:
Mick Jagger has called out Paul McCartney for claiming The Beatles were bigger than The Rolling Stones. The singer, 76, hit out at the Hey Jude hitmaker, 77, for suggesting The Rolling Stones copied whatever The Beatles did during their time as music rivals.
‘The big difference, though, 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 the touring business started for real… They [The Beatles] did that [Shea] stadium gig [in 1965]. But the Stones went on. We started stadium gigs in the 1970s and are still doing them now. That’s the real big difference between these two bands.’
Of course, ol’ Mick is showing signs of senility — or at best, selective memory. As Paul pointed out:
‘I love the Stones but The Beatles were better. Their stuff is rooted in the blues. Whereas we had a lot more influences.’
Paul’s being kind. The Beatles created influences while the Stones just kept on playing their garage-band versions of blues. And when the Stones didn’t do that, they copied the Beatles, as Paul noted:
Suggesting the Paint It Black hitmakers began to copy the Beatles, Paul added: ‘We started to notice that whatever we did the Stones sort of did it shortly thereafter.
‘We went to America and had huge success, then the Stones went to America. We did Sergeant Pepper and the Stones did a psychedelic album. There was a lot of that.’
As for Mick’s comment:
‘One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.’
Jagger’s confusing longevity with talent, which is like saying that Leonard Bernstein was a better composer than Mozart because he lived longer.
The Beatles broke up because they had three unbelievably-talented creative musicians who wanted to go their own way; the Stones only ever had Keef as their creative source, so they were never going to break up: since Let It Bleed, their music has always been about making money, not about the music. And Keef, as he’s always admitted, is and always has been a blues musician. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison played pretty much every kind of music — and created their own forms as well. The Stones have never done that, ever.
Stick to prancing around the stage in skintight yoga outfits, Mick. Nobody does it better.