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

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Roger has less than complimentary views about the Stones (Picture: John Phillips/Getty Images)

It’s handbags at dawn in the world of rock ‘n’ roll, as The Who’s Roger Daltrey has branded The Rolling Stones a ‘mediocre pub band’.

The 77-year-old praised frontman Sir Mick Jagger, but was less complimentary about the group – made up of Sir Mick, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood – as a whole.

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Speaking to the Coda Collection, Daltrey said: ‘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!”’

This comes just weeks after Sir Paul McCartney referred to the Stones as a ‘blues cover band’.

The Beatles legend has made no secret of the fact he believes the Let it Be hitmakers were better than their rivals, and said: ‘I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are.

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The rocker did commend Jagger’s performances (Picture: R. Diamond/Getty Images)
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‘I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.’

Sir Mick, 78, continued the pair’s back-and-forth at the Stones’ SoFi Stadium gig in Los Angeles recently, where he quipped on stage: ‘Paul McCartney is here. He’s gonna join us in the blues cover band.’

The Stones, joined by drummer Steve Jordan following the desth of Charlie Watts, are currently completing their rescheduled No Filter tour dates in the US, and Sir Mick is hopeful that they’ll be back on the road again soon.

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The Brown Sugar singer told Mojo magazine, of which they are the cover stars: ‘If things are good next year and everyone’s feeling good about touring, I’m sure we’ll do shows.’

Elsewhere in Daltrey’s interview, he admitted he has always envied Led Zepellin frontman and close pal Robert Plant.

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

‘No solos! 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 stated on a drum solo. And I suddenly thought, “I wonder what it would have been like being in a band like that!”’


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