Grohl says McCartney was the "sweetest, nicest, most awesome person"
Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl has revealed that his collaboration with Paul McCartney, ‘Cut Me Some Slack’, was written and recorded in just three hours.
You can hear the collaboration, which was unveiled at the New York Hurricane Sandy 12-12-12 benefit gig on December 12 (2012) and also featured former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, below.
Speaking to KROQ, Grohl said the Beatles legend was “just the sweetest, nicest, most awesome person”. The pair had recorded some performances for Grohl’s forthcoming documentary on the iconic Sound City studios in California, where classic albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ were recorded. Grohl later asked McCartney if he wanted to jam again.
“We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way,” said Grohl. “We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect.”
Eight months later, Grohl asked McCartney if he would play the track at the 12-12-12 gig. “You have to understand, one of the great things about playing with Paul McCartney or playing with Neil Young is that that generation of musicians, they cherish and respect and value the practice of just going into a room and coming up with something and jamming and making it a song,” said Grohl. “There’s not like seven songwriters and seven producers and digital technology or whatever. It’s like people getting in a room.”
Speaking about the Sound City documentary, Grohl added: “The intention of the movie is really to inspire the next generation of kids to appreciate the simple human quality of music. You don’t have to do the TV show; you don’t have to be perfect. Pick up and guitar and suck and it’s the best feeling in the world until you become good and then you’re the biggest band in the world.”
The Sound City soundtrack also features Grohl’s collaboration with Skipknot’s Corey Taylor – ‘From Can To Can’t’ – which was unveiled yesterday – scroll down to listen to it.
Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players band also features Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and more.
The band will perform at the film’s premiere at Sundance Film Festival on January 18. They will also play a second show at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium on January 31, the same night Sound City film makes its theatrical debut at the nearby Cinerama Dome.