The Who’s Roger Daltrey calls The Rolling Stones a ‘mediocre pub band’

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15 Nov 2021, 16:27

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There's been some serious fighting talk from The Who star Roger Daltrey, after he's had a pop at The Rolling Stones.

He's called the group a "mediocre pub band".

It looks like there could be a new rock and roll rivalry even after all this time, with both bands being around for decades.

It's worth noting that Daltrey praised Sir Mick Jagger, but he was less kind to the rest of his bandmates.

Daltrey told the Coda Collection: "Mick Jagger, you’ve got to take your hat off to him. He’s the number one rock ‘n’ roll performer.”

"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!”’

The Who star isn't the only one who has got it in for the band either, after Sir Paul McCartney referred to The Rolling Stones as "a blues cover band".

He insists The Beatles were the better band: "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."

Jagger replied during the Stones’ SoFi Stadium gig in Los Angeles where he said on stage: ‘Paul McCartney is here. He’s gonna join us in the blues cover band.’

Mick is hopeful the band will make it out on tour again: "If things are good next year and everyone’s feeling good about touring, I’m sure we’ll do shows."

Roger Daltrey had kinder things to say about Led Zepellin frontman and friend Robert Plant.

He explained: "I managed to get the short straw of all the singers in all the bands.

"No solos! The Who songs are all lyrics. Robert Plant — Percy, as we call him — he’s a very good friend of mine, and we do joke about it.

"He said you could go off and read a book when [Jimmy] Page started up on a guitar solo or [John] Bonham started on a drum solo. And I suddenly thought, “I wonder what it would have been like being in a band like that!”’