Paul played with fire last week when he suggested the Stones would copy whatever the Beatles – made up of John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison – were doing.
Aaaand cue argument number 726,226 on this debate.
While fans hashed out the age-old question of who is better, Stones frontman Mick – who sings alongside Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – couldn’t resist clapping back.
The Satisfaction singer, 76, said there was ‘obviously no competition’ between the two, while appearing on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show on Friday.
Mick claimed: ‘He [Paul] is a sweetheart. I’m a politician.’
He went on: ‘The big difference, though, is that The Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when The Beatles never even did an arena tour.
‘They broke up before the touring business started for real…They [The Beatles] did that [Shea] stadium gig [in 1965]. But the Stones went on.’
Mick added: ‘We started stadium gigs in the 1970s 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.’
OK, but Mick, can you say what you really think? Stop mincing your words!
The rocker’s dig comes after Paul told radio DJ Howard Stern: ‘I love the Stones but The Beatles were better.’
He went on: ‘Their stuff is rooted in the blues. Whereas we had a lot more influences. Keith (Richards) once said to me, “You were lucky man. You had four singers in your band. We got one”.’
‘We started to notice that whatever we did the Stones sort of did it shortly thereafter.
‘We went to America and had huge success, then the Stones went to America. We did Sergeant Pepper and the Stones did a psychedelic album. There was a lot of that.’
Paul recently opened up about the ‘pain’ the Beatles were in after John Lennon left the band in 1970.
The group went their separate ways after the singer – who was shot dead in 1980 – decided to quit, but Paul insisted he, Ringo and the late George never considered continuing as a three-piece.
He said: ‘It’s like a family, when families break up it’s to do with the emotion and the emotional pain, you can’t think of a smart idea like that at the time, you’re hurting too much, it wasn’t going to happen.’