Mick Jagger Responds to Paul McCartney’s “Blues Cover Band” Insult About the Stones

Jagger poked fun at McCartney's comment during a recent Rolling Stones gig in Los Angeles

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs onstage at SoFi Stadium on October 14, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs at SoFi Stadium on October 14 in Inglewood, California.
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Last week, Paul McCartney reignited the long-running friendly rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones by telling the New Yorker that the Stones are simply 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,” McCartney said. “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”

Now, Mick Jagger has hit back at McCartney, jokingly referring to the comment during a recent Rolling Stones performance in Los Angeles.

“There’s so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally,” Jagger said during the group’s Oct. 14 show in LA. “Megan Fox is here, she’s lovely. Leonardo DiCaprio. Lady Gaga. Kirk Douglas … Paul McCartney is here, he’s going to help us — he’s going to join us in a blues cover later on.”

Jagger also shared video of himself responding to the “blues cover band” quip on his Twitter account. It’s not the first time he’s publicly responded to comments from McCartney about his band, either. In 2020, after McCartney told Howard Stern that “the Beatles were better,” Jagger responded by pointing out that of the two groups, only one is still performing.

 “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,” he said. “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. 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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