The Who’s Roger Daltrey labels The Rolling Stones “a mediocre pub band”

However, he says that in Mick Jagger they have "the number one rock'n'roll performer"

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has criticised The Rolling Stones, calling them “a mediocre pub band”.

In a new interview with the Coda Collection, Daltrey reflected on The Who’s history, and was asked about their contemporaries, including the Stones and Led Zeppelin.

When discussing the Stones, Daltrey first took the opportunity to praise frontman Mick Jagger, saying: “You’ve got to take your hat off to him. He’s the number one rock ‘n’ roll performer.”

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Going on to discuss the band’s musicianship, he added: “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!'”

Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey (Picture: Press)

Daltrey follows Paul McCartney in recently criticising the music of The Rolling Stones, with the Beatles legend recently calling Jagger and co. “a blues cover band”.

McCartney said: “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.”

McCartney’s latest comments came 18 months on from a similar jibe he made at the Stones’ expense in April 2020, where he said the Beatles were a better band with “more influences”.

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Roger Daltrey is currently on a solo UK tour, with the shows consisting of “a unique mix of music and conversation that is built around Roger’s musical journey”.

See the remaining tour dates below:

NOVEMBER 2021
15 – Palladium, London

17 – Brighton Centre, Brighton
19 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
21 – New Theatre, Oxford
24 – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
26 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle
29 – Empire, Liverpool

DECEMBER 2021
1 – Guildhall, Portsmouth
2 – International Centre, Bournemouth

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