Joey Kramer, the drummer of rock stalwarts Aerosmith, has managed to irk a large number of rock 'n' roll fans by claiming that his band are better than The Rolling Stones.
Kramer was giving an interview to Classic Rock when he made the arguably contentious comments, denouncing the Stones for deviating from their original line-up despite their longevity, criticising Charlie Watts' drumming and saying that they're not very good live.
“First of all, as far as Aerosmith goes there is no band that has been around for almost 50 years that still has the original five guys in the band," he said. “Everybody is always raving about the Stones, saying the Stones this and the Stones that. I’ve never cared for the Stones. They never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department.”
He added: "The Stones is not the original band and I do not care for them. I think if you came to see an Aerosmith concert, people would realise that we play so much better than them that it’s silly because they’re not so good live. Yeah, they are what they are and all of that, but I don’t think there’s a band out there today that does what we do.”
Irish fans will have the chance to see if Kramer lives up to his comments later this year when they play the 3Arena on their 'Farewell Tour' - but while you've heard about the long-running 'Beatles vs. Stones' debate, what about the 'Aerosmith vs. Stones' one? Is he right? Do let us know in the comments...