Keith Richards is trash-talking again — and this time he’s taking aim at a classic rock album.
Rolling Stones guitarist Richards — who’s Mick Jagger in His Memoir” href=”http://www.thewrap.com/keith-richards-regrets-savaging-mick-jagger-his-memoir-36322/”>practically made a second career out of taking pot-shots at his bandmate Mick Jagger — decided to belittle the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” writing it off as “rubbish.”
In an interview with Esquire, Richards opined that the Beatles’ music lacked “roots” and that the group “got carried away.”
“The Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there’s not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not?” Richards said. “If you’re the Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do.”
To be fair, Richards also tossed criticism at the 1967 Stones album “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” which is often compared to “Sgt. Pepper.”
“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 sh-t, so can we,” Richards said.
Richards, who recently toured with The Rolling Stones on their Zip Code tour, is preparing to release “Crosseyed Heart,” his first album in more than two decades.
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is the third-best-selling album in U.K. chart history and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the highest-selling albums of all time.