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Paul McCartney has seemingly dissed the Rolling Stones — and it no doubt won't give the iconic band any satisfaction.

The Beatles rocker shared his thoughts in an interview with The New Yorker, telling the publication Mick Jagger and his bandmates are nothing more than a "blues cover band".

"I'm not sure I should say it, but they're a blues cover band, that's sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs," McCartney said as he explained The Beatles worked with a broader range of musical genres than their peers.

Rock and roll band The Beatles pose for a portrait wearing suits in circa 1964. © Getty Rock and roll band The Beatles pose for a portrait wearing suits in circa 1964.

The British musician made similar comments in April 2020 when he appeared on The Howard Stern Show. During the taping, Stern told McCartney that he thought The Beatles were better than the Rolling Stones — and singer agreed.

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"You know you're going to persuade me to agree with that one," McCartney told Stern. "They are rooted in the blues. When they 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."


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Shortly after the Howard Stern interview, Jagger, 78, clapped back at McCarney's comments about him and bandmates Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.

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"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," Jagger told Zane Lowe's Apple Music show last year. "They broke up before the touring business started for real… We started stadium gigs in the 1970s 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."

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