Forties years later, the rivalry still exists
michael baggs
11:51 11th October 2013

Sir Paul McCartney has accused The Rolling Stones for copying The Beatles during their ascent to success in the sixties.

The unstoppable star has been quoted as saying that The Beatles' former rivals copied their career trajectory and even their dress sense during their heyday.

"That is the truth. Look at the history: The Beatles go to America, a year later they come too," says MacCartney, as reported by Contactmusic. "We wrote their first single (sic), I Wanna Be Your Man. We go psychedelic, they go psychedelic. We dress as wizards, they dress as wizards..."

The former Beatle, his band and crew performed a surprise gig in New York's Times Square this week (10 October, 2013) arriving in a convoy of NY yellow cabs before performing tracks from his upcoming album, 'New'.

He played on a minimal stage built on a flatbed truck, and told the crowd: "I'll be putting a little hat out here later – we're basically busking."

His performance lasted just four songs and 15 minutes, which led Macca to joke: "Mr Andy Warhol predicted I'd get 15 minutes of fame. This is it."

Watch fan footage of the concert below

Below: Paul McCartney plays pop-up gig in Times Square