Paul McCartney revealed in an interview this week that he was “hurting too much” to keep The Beatles going after John Lennon left the band in 1970.
Speaking on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, McCartney spoke honestly about the break-up of the band, splitting shortly after Lennon married Yoko Ono in 1969.
When asked why he didn’t keep the Beatles going with fellow members George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Sir Paul responded:
When families break up, it's to do with the emotion and the emotional pain. You can't just think of a smart idea like that at the time. You're hurting too much so it wasn't going to happen.
McCartney also said the band didn’t give George Harrison his due credit as a songwriter, saying: “It was easy to underestimate George because me and John had always written most of the stuff,”
“But then he started to get interested — and boy did he bloom. He wrote some of the greatest songs ever.”
When interviewer Howard let McCartney know he thinks the Beatles are superior to fellow legendary band The Rolling Stones, McCartney laughed, replying:
“You know Howard, you know you're going to persuade me to agree with that one. I've always said it,”
“But the thing is the Stones are a fantastic group. I go to see them every time they come out. They're a great, great band.'”
He then elaborated on some of the differences between the two iconic British bands.
“They're so rooted in the blues and so when they're writing stuff it's to do with the blues. Where as we had a little more influences,” he explained.
“Keith [Richards] once said to me man you were lucky, you had four singers in your band. And he said we got one. So, there's a lot of differences.”
“I love The Stones but I'm with you [Stern] – The Beatles were better.”
Although admitting he thought his band was better, McCartney went on to talk about how the two bands were great friends despite always trying to one-up each other when it came to new material.
“We still are [friends] and we admire each other,” he said, before adding that he thought their rivalry “was kind of cool.”