Mick Jagger has reacted to Paul McCartney’s comment that The Rolling Stones were “a blues-cover band”.
During the Stones’ concert Thursday night at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Jagger took a few moments between songs to deliver a comedic list of celebrities supposedly in attendance at the concert.
“There’s so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally,” Jagger said stalking the stage. “Megan Fox has arrived. She’s lovely. Leonardo DiCaprio. Lady Gaga
Then he mentioned Kirk Douglas, who passed away in February 2020 and said he must have “misread that one.” Jagger said that Paul McCartney was here. He’s going to join us in a blues cover later on.”
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McCartney resurrected the longtime debate about the hierarchy of the rival British bands in a recent interview in The New Yorker. “I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are,” McCartney told editor David Remnick. “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
The two groups will likely continue to trade barbs. More than 40 years ago, John Lennon said the Stones, compared to the Beatles, “are not in the same class, music-wise or power-wise, never were,” during a 1970 Rolling Stone interview.
Back in 2015, Keith Richards told Rolling Stone that “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which the magazine dubbed the Greatest Album of All Time in its then current list, was “a mishmash of rubbish.” Note: A Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time updated list includes Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Happening” at No. 1. “Sgt. Pepper” now ranks No. 24 behind Stones’ “Exile On Main Street”, at No. 14. Abbey Road, the Beatles’ highest-chartered song on the newly created list is No. 5.
McCartney, Jagger and others also exchanged jibes one year earlier. First, McCartney told Howard Stern, “There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
In response, Jagger said, “That’s so funny,” he said. “He’s a sweetheart. There’s obviously no competition.”
But Jagger went on to point out “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.”
Jagger also targeted McCartney Thursday. Jagger also stated that Governor Newsom was present. It was a successful election. Bravo! We’re so looking forward to a nice dinner at the whatever it’s called, the French Launderette.”
Political rivals criticized Newsom’s participation at a November 6, 2020 dinner at The French Laundry, Yountville in California, during spike coronavirus outbreaks in California. However, Newsom was successful in his recall bid in September.
Jagger ensured that the message was heard beyond SoFi Stadium by posting a short video of his routine to Twitter.
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