John Lennon was not impressed with the Rolling Stones and thought they should split up in an incredible interview from 1971.
In April 1970 it was announced the Beatles were splitting up. John had actually told the band he was leaving in September 1969, but was persuaded to keep it quiet to help the release of their album, Abbey Road. In 1971, John discussed the split of the band. At the same time, he also gave a very blunt opinion of fellow Brit superstars The Rolling Stones.
Lennon was interviewed by journalist David Wigg.
He said: “For me personally when you listen to the Stones music, nothing’s even happened. It’s the same old stuff goes on and on and on.”I’ve never heard anything different from them.
“So I think it would be good if they broke up and made some individual music because it’s the same old hash, rehash of the same old stuff over and over again.”
It’s worth pointing out that in the past few years prior to Lennon’s comments, The Rolling Stones had released some of the most iconic tracks of all time.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Sympathy For The Devil and Wild Horse were all singles between 1968v and 1971.
Yet Lennon added: “Nothing personal Mick, you know I love you and Keith. I think it would do them good to split up.”
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards should probably note that Lennon’s comments were doubtlessly coloured by his fervent belief at the time that the band structure and image of the Beatles had killed their creativity.
He said: “In the Beatles, by the time the Beatles were at their peak we were cutting each other down to size.
“We were limiting our capacity to write and perform by fitting it into some kind of format and that’s why it caused trouble.”
That’s why Lennon was so insistent the band should never reform.
He argued they were all much happier pursuing solo projects which, he believed, also had greater creative worth.
He added: “There’s no reason why we should ever play together. Listen to the music. Would George have ever flourished like that if we’d carried on with the group? No chance. There was no room.
“It’s far better music because we’re not suppressed.”
in the 1971 interview, Lennon said of the ‘inevitability’ of his split from the Beatles: “I told everyone years ago, ‘I’m not going to be singing She Loves You when I’m thirty.’
“I was thirty last year and it was then when I broke the band up, or I decided to leave. I don’t know when they decided it, or whatever… That’s when it happened. I knew I wouldn’t be doing the same thing.
“It just doesn’t work like that. It’s like a rugby team. Sometimes you just have to get married and leave the boys on a Saturday night. That’s just how it is.”
LISTEN TO THE FULL JOHN LENNON INTERVIEW HERE