Mick Jagger spoke to DJ Zane Lowe this week to promote the new Rolling Stones single, "Living in a Ghost Town." During the chat, Lowe pressed Jagger to respond to comments Paul McCartney had made the week earlier while in conversation with Howard Stern.
"[The Stones] are rooted in the blues," McCartney had explained to Stern. "When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. [The Beatles] 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," he concluded.
When Lowe brought this up to Jagger, the Stones singer responded by saying, "That's so funny. He's a sweetheart. There's obviously no competition."
Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones and the Beatles
Despite showing little interest in taking on McCartney's argument, the 76-year-old musician did go into detail on what he thinks the separates the two legendary British rock groups.
"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. They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real."
"We started doing stadium gigs in the Seventies and [are] still doing them now," he continued.
"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," Jagger concluded.
The Rolling Stones: Still at it in 2020
Jagger is very correct in that regard, as the Rolling Stones have shown an unmatched longevity as a band. In fact, the group, which formed in 1962, just released a new single yesterday, and had to postpone tour plans this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Give a listen to the new song, "Living in a Ghost Town," by the Rolling Stones below.