“I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are,” said McCartney. “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
Previously McCartney has also commented on Howard Stern that both bands are in agreement about the difference in quality between. McCartney even went so far as to say that the Stones went through a period of mimicking The Beatles sound.
“We started to notice whatever we did the Stones sort of did it shortly thereafter,” McCartney told Stern. “Like we went to America and we had huge success, well, then the Stones went to America. We did ‘Sgt. Pepper,’ the Stones did a psychedelic album.”
Mick Jagger, frontman of The Rolling Stones, had a slightly different take on the comparison. When McCartney was on Stern, Jagger appeared on “The Zane Lowe Show” and told the host: “There’s obviously no competition, The Rolling Stones [were] a big concert band in other decades and other eras, when the Beatles never even did an arena tour.”
“We started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and still doing them now,” he said. “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.”