Tuesday 19 July 2016


The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has criticised The Beatles’ ability as a live band. The Beatles famously stopped playing live at the height of their career in 1966, partially because they were frustrated at not being able to hear themselves on stage above the audience’s screams.
Richards told Radio Times: “Musically, The Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there.”
Richards told the magazine he enjoyed The Beatles’ friendship, but admitted he “excommunicated” them when they fell under the influence of mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.
He said: “He was a fucking operator, a sucker job. But you have to think, what had being The Beatles done to The Beatles? They wanted somebody else to take them away. They didn’t want to be God any more, so they plugged it all onto the Maharishi.”

The interview was to promote new BBC2 documentary ‘Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species’, which is screened at 9pm on Saturday (July 23), which explores Richards’ childhood growing up in post-World War II Kent.

1 comment:

  1. As opposed to the RS boring shows. Come on Keef. 50 years of jealousy.