In a new interview with Esquire, Keith Richards blasts his band’s old rivals the Beatles,and slams their 1967 masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to boot.
“The Beatles, chicks wore those guys out,” the Rolling Stones guitarist says in the interview, which runs in the magazine’s September issue. “They stopped touring in 1966 –they were done already. They were ready to go to India and s—. … There’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. You’re starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties. ‘Oh, if you can make a load of s—, so can we.’”