Who frontman’s comments come after Paul McCartney dismissed Mick and company as a ‘blues cover’ group
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In a new interview with the Coda Collection , The Who frontman likened the group to “a mediocre pub band.”
Daltrey was piling on the Stones after former Beatles great Paul McCartney dismissed the rockers as a “blues cover band” last month.
“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 in a profile for The New Yorker . “I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
Daltrey agreed with McCartney’s assessment of the Stones’ music.
“You cannot take away the fact that Mick Jagger is still the number one rock ‘n’ roll showman up front,” Daltrey conceded. “But as a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, ‘Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!’ No disrespect.”
Daltrey did say the Stones have written “some great songs,” but said that choosing which of the two is better is like comparing apples and cheese.
“They’re both really tasty, but the cheese does one thing and the apple does another.”
McCartney’s recent comments weren’t the first time he had taken aim at the Stones. Last year, he told Howard Stern that the Beatles were “better” than the Stones.
“(The Stones) are rooted in the blues,” McCartney told Stern . “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.”