Ginger Baker has criticised The Rolling Stones.
Interviewed by Rolling Stone during his current run of dates at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club, Baker is asked what he thinks of the Stones’ playing these days. “Charlie [Watts] is a great friend of mine. I think the world of Charlie. When I was living in the States, Charlie came to see me at my house and he said, ‘I’d give you some tickets but I know you would never go!’ I won’t go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.”
When asked why, he says: “They’re not good musicians, that’s why. The best musician in the Stones is Charlie by a country mile.”
In the interview, Baker is also asked whether he is a fan of The Who. “No,” he replies. “I knew Pete Townshend’s dad better than I knew Pete Townshend. I worked with Pete Townshend’s dad in the early Sixties and late Fifties. Keith Moon was a friend of mine but I wouldn’t say he was a great drummer.”
You can read the full interview here.