‘The Who’s Roger Daltrey says the Rolling Stones is a ‘mediocre pub band’

Published November 22, 2021, 5:43 PM

by Punch Liwanag

Roger Daltrey is the latest classic rocker to rip the Rolling Stones.

Recall that weeks ago, Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles said that essentially, The Rolling Stones were a “blues cover band.” The comment came after McCartney was asked to compare the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. McCartney was quoted to have said that “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.”

Roger Daltrey, when interviewed recently by the Coda Collection via NME, chimed in with his own opinion when asked if he heard McCartney’s comment.

“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,” Daltrey said, adding “No disrespect.”

Prior to that though, Daltrey said that “You can not take away the fact that Mick Jagger is still the number one rock n’ roll showman up front.”

In the interview, The Who singer credited the Rolling Stones with coming up with “some great songs, but they are in that blues format.”

As for who he picked between The Beatles and the Stones, Daltrey likened it to comparing apples and cheese. “They’re both really tasty, but the cheese does one thing and the apple does another.”

Mick Jagger of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the Rolling Stones, took McCartney’s comment in stride and joked during a recent show in Los Angeles saying that McCartney would “join us in a blues cover later on.”