Paul McCartney and Nirvana team up at Sandy benefit in New York – watch

Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Kanye West also performed at the 12-12-12: Concert For Sandy Relief

The 12-12-12: Concert For Sandy Relief took place last night (December 12) at Madison Square Garden in New York with Sir Paul McCartney performing with Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.


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.” Adding: “I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.” See video footage of the band performing together for the first time above.


Speaking to Fuse TV, Grohl said of his collaboration: “Tonight I played with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. We did a song that we wrote together. It’s a song that we wrote and recorded, no-one has ever heard it before so nobody knows it exists. I think people were expecting us to do a Beatles song or a Nirvana song, but when I first called Paul to see if he would come jam with us none of us wanted to do a Beatles song or a Nirvana song, we wanted to do a new song so we wrote and recorded a new song in a day and it’s heavy as fuck.”

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band earlier 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.”

Springsteen and band then performed an impassioned ‘My City Of Ruins’, which segued into Tom Waits’ ‘Jersey Girl’. Springsteen then bought fellow Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi onto the stage and the pair performed ‘Born To Run’ together.

Roger Waters then 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.”


Bruce Springsteen then returned to the stage to sing ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ with the band, leaving Jon Bon Jovi to lead the crowd in a sing-along version of ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.

Eric Clapton was the next musical guest, singing an acoustic ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’ before an electric ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and ‘Crossroads’.

The Rolling Stones then performed ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’. They were followed by Alicia Keys.

The Who played ‘Who Are You’, with frontman Roger Daltrey delivering an uncensored ‘fuck’ in the middle of the song. They followed it with ‘Bell Boy’ – complete with video of their late drummer Keith Moon – ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Love Reign O’er Me’. At the end of their set, Pete Townshend told the crowd to: “Have a fucking beer!”

Next was Kanye West who, wearing a leather kilt, performed a medley of ‘Clique’, ‘Mercy’, ‘Power’, ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All Of The Lights’, ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’, ‘Touch The Sky’, ‘Gold Digger’, ‘Runaway’ and ‘Stronger’.

Billy Joel then played ‘Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)’, ‘Movin’ Out’, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘New York State Of Mind’, ‘River Of Dreams’ and ‘You May Be Right’.

Celebrities contributing to the concert included Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler – who performed a comedy cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, reworked as ‘Sandy Screw Ya’ – Jon Stewart, Chelsea Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi, Jake Gyllenhaal and Kristen Stewart.

The show was made available to two billion people globally via television and live streaming. 12-12-12: Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast in full tonight (December 13) at 10pm on Sky Arts 1 and at 12 on Sky Arts 2.

The full setlist for the concert was as follows:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Wrecking Ball”
“My City in Ruins” › “Working on a Building” › “Jersey Girl”
“Born to Run” with Jon Bon Jovi

Roger Waters
“Another Brick in the Wall”
“Us and Them”
“Comfortably Numb” with Eddie Vedder

Adam Sandler with Paul Schaffer
rewrite of “Hallelujah”

Bon Jovi
“It’s My Life”
“Wanted Dead or Alive”
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Bruce Springsteen
“Living on a Prayer”

Eric Clapton
“Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out”
“Got to get Better in a Little While”

Rolling Stones
“You Got Me Rocking”
“Jumpin Jack Flash”

Alicia Keys
“Brand New Me”
“No One”

The Who
“Who are You”
“Pinball Wizard” › “See Me, Feel Me”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Tea & Theatre”

Kanye West
Abbreviated versions of:
“Jesus Walks”
“Run This Town”
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone”
“Touch the Sky”
“Gold Digger”
“Good Life”

Billy Joel
“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)”
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“New York State of Mind”
“River of Dreams”
“You May Be Right”
“Only the Good Die Young”

Chris Martin
“Viva la Vida”
“Losing My Religion” with Michael Stipe
“Us Against The World”

Paul McCartney
“Helter Skelter”
“Let Me Roll It”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”
“My Valentine” with Diana Krall
“Cut Me Some Slack” with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
“I Got a Feeling”
“Live and Let Die”

Alicia Keys
“Empire State of Mind”