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Keith Richards Says Beatles Concerts ‘Were Never Quite There’

By Annie Reuter

Like everyone else, The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was a Beatles fan, but he said they weren’t a particularly great live band.

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“Musically, the Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there,” he told the Radio Times

And while Richards was friends with The Beatles in their early years, he “excommunicated” them in 1967 after they became influenced by mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, NME reported.

“He was a f—ing operator, a sucker job,” Richards said of Yogi. “But you have to think, what had being the Beatles done to the Beatles? They wanted somebody else to take them away. They didn’t want to be God any more, so they plugged it all onto the Maharishi.”

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