McCartney, who is currently promoting a new book, released the comment in an interview with David Remnick of the New Yorker, released Monday.
“I’m not sure I have to say that, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s kind of what the Stones are,” McCartney said, adding, “I think our network was a little bit wider than theirs.”
This isn’t the first time McCartney has made unfavorable comparisons between his former band and the Rolling Stones.
“Their stuff is rooted in the blues. When they write stuff, it has to do with the blues. While we have had a little more influence,” he said. “There are a lot of differences, but I love the Stones, but they’re with you. The Beatles were better.”
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger responded to these comments in an interview with Zane Low for Apple Music.
“Obviously there is no competition,” Jagger said, laughing.
“The big difference, though, it’s a little bit serious, is that the Rolling Stones have been a great concert band in other decades and in other eras where the Beatles have never even toured the arena, Madison. Square Garden with a decent sound system, “Jagger said, adding,” They broke up before that business started, touring for real. “
The Beatles and the Stones were two of the most famous bands in the world in the 1960s. While the Rolling Stones are still on tour six decades later, the Beatles disbanded in 1970.
Despite many fans blaming him for the split, McCartney, now 79, told BBC Radio 4 that it was co-star John Lennon who instigated him.
“John walked into the room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’ And he said, “It’s pretty electrifying. It’s kind of like a divorce. “And then we were left to pick up the pieces,” McCartney told reporter John Wilson in an interview clip that aired Monday.
The full interview will be broadcast on 23 October.
McCartney’s latest book “The Lyrics” is expected to be released on November 2nd.
Described as “a self-portrait in 154 songs”, the book includes commentary on the lyrics of his songs, edited by Irish poet Paul Muldoon.