A Rolling Stones representative confirmed to CNN that the legendary Beatles co-founder, bassist and singer Paul McCartney will play bass guitar “on just one track” of the upcoming untitled Rolling Stones album.
He also denied the rumour that Ringo Starr would be part of the album, saying that there would be “no Ringo Starr at all.” Curiously, the partnership happens almost after two years that Paul McCartney called them a “blues cover band” in an interview with The New Yorker.
“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 (Beatles) net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
“They are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues. Whereas we had a little more influences. There’s a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
Paul McCartney helped the Stones to get their first record deal and a hit song
The members of both bands are good friends since the 60s but the press and many fans created a kind of “rivalry” between the two groups over the decades. McCartney even helped the Stones back in the early days to get their first record deal and a hit song.
Paul McCartney recalled that story in an interview with Playboy magazine back in 1984. “I wrote it (“I Wanna Be Your Man”) for Ringo to do on one of the early albums. But we ended up giving it to the Stones. We met Mick and Keith in a taxi one day in Charing Cross Road. Mick said, ‘Have you got any songs?’”
“So we said, ‘Well, we just happen to have one with us!’ I think George had been instrumental in getting them their first record contract. We suggested them to Decca, ‘cuz Decca had blown it by refusing us. So they had tried to save face by asking George, ‘Know any other groups?’ He said, ‘Well, there is this group called the Stones.’”
Paul McCartney continued:
“So that’s how they got their first contract. Anyway, John and I gave them maybe not their first record, but I think the first they got on the charts with. They don’t tell anybody about it these days; they prefer to be more ethnic. But you and I know the real truth,” Paul McCartney said.
The Beatles are only 2 years older than The Rolling Stones, the first one being formed in Liverpool in 1960 and the second in London in 1962.