Speaking to MOJO, White praised frontman Mick Jagger saying that he was “smart” and was always “feeing whatever the hippest thing was” in the 1960s, including, he went on, “copying” The Beatles – their biggest rivals of the day.
White explained: “People want The Rolling Stones to be cool, dirty, raucous. They don’t want to understand that The Rolling Stones were chasing a hit constantly and feeding off whatever the hippest thing was, copying whatever The Beatles did last week.
“That disrupts the fantasy. And the fantasy’s amazing – I have indulged many times with those kinds of bands. That’s not an insult. That’s them being smart and figuring out a way to keep a train moving.”
The Rolling Stones – CREDIT: Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns
White went on to reveal in the same interview that his favourite Beatle is Paul McCartney.
He explained: “Absolutely 1,000 per cent Paul McCartney. ‘Get Back’ proves what I’ve been saying since I was 13 – without Paul, there’s no Beatles.
“Everybody else is out-of-this-world incredible. But you could theoretically take any other Beatle out of that band and still have The Beatles. You want to be on George’s side, for coolness.
“But it’s easy to be the guy in the room who doesn’t want to do anything. It’s really hard to be the one in the room who’s trying to motivate everybody. They don’t come off as cool. It’s a shame, because those are the people who make things happen. I’m not a fan of people who don’t want to do things. That’s demotivating.”
White released the first of his two new albums earlier this week (April 8), ‘Fear Of The Dawn’ – with the other, ‘Entering Heaven Alive’, due out in July.
In a three-star review of ‘Fear Of The Dawn’, NME’s Mark Beaumont said the record was best summed up by a lyric on closing track ‘Shedding My Velvet’, where White sings: “I’m not as bad as I was / But not as good as I can be.”