July 23, 2013 9:22

Paul McCartney describes the 'power' of playing with Nirvana's surviving members in Seattle

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear joined the Beatles legend onstage this weekend (July 19)

Paul McCartney has talked about the "power" of playing with Nirvana's surviving members onstage in Seattle.

McCartney was giving the first ever concert at the city's Safeco Field on Friday (July 19), the city whose grunge scene Nirvana became an integral part of. To mark the occasion, he welcomed Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear on stage during his encore to play 'Cut Me Some Slack', the track they recorded together last year (2012) for Grohl's Sound City film project. The Nirvana trio stayed on to play a selection of Beatles classics with McCartney: 'Get Back', 'Long Tall Sally' [a song the The Beatles covered], 'Helter Skelter', 'Golden Slumbers', 'Carry That Weight' and 'The End'. Watch footage of 'Helter Skelter' above.

It was only the second time that drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic (plus the band's touring guitarist Pat Smear) have performed together Seattle hometown since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, and the first time they've played there in more than 15 years.

"We hatched that plan a couple of weeks ago," McCartney told Rolling Stone. "Dave was going to come up to Seattle with his family, and I said to him, 'Do you think there's any chance the guys would fancy [a reunion]?' He said, 'Well, let me ask.' And they fancied it. So we thought, 'Let's go and flip 'em out.'"

McCartney added that they barely had to rehearse for the show: "When you're playing with guys like that, you realise that they've been to the heights of fame, so they're used to it – they're not gonna freak," he says. "And they're hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That's what's great about playing with guys like that."

"They're powerful, you know," he added. "It's a great power to have them on stage with you. I mean, my band's great – but when you augment it with Nirvana, that's greater."

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