Paul McCartney has consented to collaborate with the Rolling Stones on their new album, ending a rivalry that has raged for over half a century.
In an email sent to CNN on Wednesday, a Rolling Stones representative verified that McCartney, 80, performs bass “on only one RS track.”
The spokesman denied press reports that the collaboration also features the other surviving Beatle, stating, “There is no Ringo Starr on this recording at all.”
There are no additional details regarding the album, which would be the first since Charlie Watts, the Stones’ percussionist, passed away in 2021.
The Beatles and the Stones were two of the most popular groups in the world during the 1960s. While the Rolling Stones are still touring six decades later, the Beatles disbanded in 1970. John Lennon was murdered in 1980, while George Harrison passed away in 2001.
In a 2020 interview with Howard Stern, McCartney simply stated, “The Beatles were better.”
Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Stones, responded in another interview by stating, “There are obviously no competitors.”
A yearlong later, in an interview to promote his e-book “The Lyrics,” McCartney stated: “I’m uncertain I ought to mention it, however, they’re a blues cowl band, that’s kind of what the Stones are. “I believe our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
However, despite the humorous jabs, this is not the first time the celebrities have collaborated.
“I Wanna Be Your Man” was written by McCartney and Lennon, and Jagger was present in the studio when the Beatles recorded “All You Need Is Love” four years later. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger was a semi-regular guest of honour at Beatles sessions. He also attended the mixing of Revolver and the recording of the orchestral section of “A Day in the Life.”