Mick Jagger has responded to Paul McCartney’s less than flattering description of the Rolling Stones with a well-aimed comeback live from the stage at a Stones concert in LA.
While doing a promo interview with the New Yorker magazine for the upcoming three-part Peter Jackson film about Let it Be, McCartney said of their sixties friends and rivals, "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."
An amused Jagger has since shared a clip from a recent Stones show in LA gig in which he tells the audience: "There are so many celebrities here tonight, of course, you know, naturally. Megan Fox is here, she's lovely. Leonardo DiCaprio. Lady Gaga. Kirk Douglas.
"Paul McCartney is here, he's going to join us in a blues cover later on."
Jagger also addressed McCartney’s comment on Apple Music's The Zane Lowe Show.
"There's obviously no competition," he said.
"The Rolling Stones [are] a big concert band in other decades and other eras, when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system.
"[The Stones] started doing stadium gigs in the '70s 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."
McCartney has previously discussed his views on The Stones. Speaking on The Howard Stern Show last year, he said the Beatles "were better" than the Rolling Stones, but added that "They're a fantastic group", and "a great, great band".