Foo Fighters frontman talks about jamming with The Beatles legend
Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl has revealed that he, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear were so overwhelmed to be jamming with Paul McCartney that they didn’t realise it was a Nirvana reunion.
All four were in the Sound City Studio laying down their collaborative track, titled ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, to be used in Grohl’s documentary film about the infamous US recording studio, but the former Nirvana trio were too startled by their guest to realise it was the first time in 20 years that they had played together.
Speaking about the moment, Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone: “That day was really funny, because honestly, Krist (Novoselic) and Pat (Smear) had never met Paul (McCartney) before and they were very nervous – they were terrified. The Beatles meant the same thing to all of us. I mean, without the Beatles we wouldn’t be who we are.”
He added: “So when we started playing for the first two hours, maybe, we were so in awe of Paul that we forgot about Nirvana. It took a few hours before I realized, wait a minute…we haven’t done this in maybe 20 years, Krist and Pat and I – wow, how cool. And fuckin’ Paul is here, too.”
Grohl recently revealed that he is planning to play shows all over the world with his all-star new band, The Sound City Players, and says he hopes that Paul McCartney will be available to play a few of the dates.
He added: “You just cross your fingers and hope that he can make it. A lot of times it’s very last minute. I don’t know if you’ve ever met him, but he’s the greatest. He’s the nicest person and loves to play and really understands who he is and what he represents to everybody, but in the best way.”
The Sound City Players, who performed live for the first time together at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month, include Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Lee Ving, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Rick Springfield.