The Famous Musicians That Don’t Like The Rolling Stones

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When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll legends, The Rolling Stones often top the charts. But not everyone is quick to praise Mick Jagger and company.

While The Rolling Stones may have their legions of adoring fans, it’s clear that not everyone in the music industry is singing their praises. These three musicians, in particular, have made their disapproval known, proving that even rock ‘n’ roll royalty can’t please everyone.

Here are three musicians who didn’t hold back when it came to sharing their less-than-favorable opinions about the iconic band.

Lemmy (Motörhead)


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Lemmy, the legendary frontman with his gritty vocals and straightforward demeanor, had strong opinions about The Rolling Stones. He felt they were missing the raw, unfiltered edge that epitomizes true rock stars. In Lemmy’s eyes, the Stones appeared more like “mummy’s boys,” portraying a rebellious image that didn’t quite match their true nature. He saw them as college students from the outskirts of London, choosing to starve in the city to cultivate an aura of rebellion, but Lemmy believed it was more of an act than a genuine expression of defiance.

“The Rolling Stones were the mummy’s boys – they were all college students from the outskirts of London,” Lemmy once remarked. “They went to starve in London, but it was by choice, to give themselves some sort of aura of disrespectability.”

David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)


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David Crosby, the legendary musician known for his candidness, had strong opinions about The Rolling Stones. While Crosby and his bandmates were advocating for peace and social change through their music, he felt that the Stones were more interested in playing ego-driven games and engaging in excessive displays of celebrity.

“I think the major mistake was taking what was essentially a party and turning it into an ego game and a star trip of The Rolling Stones, who qualify in my book as snobs,” Crosby once commented. “I think they’re on a grotesque, negative ego trip, essentially, especially the two leaders.”

Elton John

Elton John’s discontent with The Rolling Stones, particularly Keith Richards, arose from personal tensions. Richards’ disparaging remarks about John initiated a feud between the two artists, prompting John to retaliate with his own biting criticisms. Despite John’s respect for the Stones as a whole, his ongoing feud with Richards underscores his belief that the band would have benefited from removing Richards from their lineup years ago.

“It would be awful to be like Keith Richards,” John remarked. “He’s pathetic. It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go on stage and look young. I have great respect for the Stones but they would have been better if they had thrown Keith out 15 years ago.”