Keith Richards BLASTS The Beatles, Says Sgt. Pepper Was ‘Rubbish’
“I Think They Got Carried Away.”
There are many people who regard The Beatles’ highly innovative 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as a musical masterpiece – but don’t look to Keith Richards to agree! The guitarist told Rolling Stone that the Rolling Stones’ old rivals “got carried away”, calling the album “a mishmash of rubbish”. But where on earth is this coming from, nearly 50 years after the album’s release?
The Beatles Vs. The Stones: Rock’s Greatest Rivalry
The supposed “rivalry” was considered ridiculous – by both bands. But as the 60’s came to a close, there was plenty of tension and competition between The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, often good-natured but sometimes nasty.
Keith went on to compare Sgt. Pepper to his own band’s album, Satanic Majesties – the Rolling Stones’ only venture into the psychedelic realm, and one that drew mixed feelings and criticism from critics and the band alike.
“The Beatles sounded great when they were The Beatles,” says Richards, “I think they got carried away. Why not? If you’re the Beatles in the Sixties, you just get carried away – you forget what it is you wanted to do.”