Paul McCartney joined the surviving members of Nirvana onstage at a charity gig last night (December 12).
McCartney joined Foo Fighters‘ singer Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic onstage, replacing Kurt Cobain as singer, at a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York. Joined by Pat Smear, the Nirvana reunion saw the band perform new song ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ which has been written by Grohl and McCartney for the drummer’s forthcoming documentary Sound City. Speaking from the stage shortly before bringing out Grohl and Novoselic, McCartney said:
So recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them. I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.” Scroll down the page to see video footage of the band performing together for the first time.
The collaboration reportedly came about after McCartney rang Grohl who asked him to come and “jam with some mates” and then found himself playing with Grohl on drums, Novoselic on bass and Pat Smear on guitar. The report then quotes McCartney as saying: “I didn’t really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time?’ And somebody whispered to me ‘’That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Kanye West and The Who also played the 121212 concert. Springsteen opened the show with ‘Land of Hope and Dreams’. After ‘Wrecking Ball’, Springsteen spoke to the crowd about the Jersey Shore, saying: “It was painful to see it damaged… because the Jersey Shore has always been a special place, because it’s inclusive… I pray that that characteristic remains on the Jersey Shore, that’s what makes it special.”
Roger Waters performed a set which included Pink Floyd’s ‘In The Flesh’, ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ and ‘Money’. He was joined by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for ‘Comfortably Numb’. Bon Jovi played ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ before speaking to the crowd. “This recovery is not going to be quick, it’s going to take a while,” he said, “but we are strong, we are New York, we are New Jersey.”
Paul McCartney is reportedly working on a new album, the follow-up to this years’ collection of covers ‘Kisses On The Bottom’. Producer Ethan Johns recently told NME that he had been in the studio with him, along with Mark Ronson. Adele producer Paul Epworth is also reported to be working on the record.
Meanwhile Dave Grohl is working on his documentary Sound City about the legendary California recording studio Sound City, where classics such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ were recorded. It is set to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.