Mick Jagger responds to “Beatles were better” comments from Paul McCartney

“One band is unbelievably luckily still playing in stadiums and then the other band doesn’t exist.”

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Mick Jagger has offered his take on the Beatles versus the Rolling Stones debate, which sparked earlier this month following Paul McCartney’s claim that the Fab Four “were better”.

On Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show last week (23 April), Jagger was asked about Macca’s comments while promoting the Stone’s new single, Living In A Ghost Town, to which he replied that “There’s obviously no competition”.

“The Rolling Stones [are] a big concert band in other decades and other eras, when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system. They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”

“[The Stones] started doing stadium gigs in the Seventies and [are] still doing them now,” he added, “that’s the real big difference between these two bands. One band [are] unbelievably, luckily still playing in stadiums – and then the other band doesn’t exist.”

Macca had first made his claim on Howard Stern’s radio show earlier this month, saying: “When [the Stones] are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. We had a little more influences. There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”

In other Rolling Stones news, the band recently performed a stripped-back version of You Can’t Always Get What You Want on the One World: Together At Home broadcast, which was organised by the World Health Organization and Public Citizen, and curated by Lady Gaga.

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