Producer and engineer Steve Lillywhite recently explained the reason why Queen gives The Beatles a run for their money in respect to being the greatest band of all time via NME.
Lillywhite, who is a six-time Grammy award winner is known for his work on U2‘s ‘The Joshua Tree‘ and ‘Achtung Baby’, Talking Heads‘ ‘Naked’, Siouxsie and the Banshees‘ ‘The Scream‘, The Rolling Stones‘ ‘Dirty Work’, Counting Crows‘ ‘Hard Candy’ and more.
While appearing on Warren Huart’s Produce Like A Pro podcast, he explained that what really makes a band the greatest of all time is their ability to get the biggest audiences in the world moving.
“Always it’s been the Beatles when you talk about the greatest bands ever. But there’s an argument now that the Beatles never made anything you could play in a stadium. The Beatles never made anything you could play at a huge sporting event,” he said.
“So Queen, when you talk about the greatest bands ever… I would never say anyone is the greater than The Beatles, but there’s an argument right now that Queen, because of their ability to transcend stadiums, there’s an argument that they are more relevant today than the Beatles are.”
Beatles legend Paul McCartney has been able to perform the band’s hits such as ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Yesterday’ and others during stadium tours, which have worked well with huge crowds. Though, tracks from Queen’s discography such as ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ remain sports stadium staples to this day.