And here is a former Beatle jamming with most of Nirvana

(Video link) So, it did happen, and it rocked! At last night's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, Sir Paul McCartney performed with Nirvana last night, backed up by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear. It was just as excellent as you'd hope it would be. Here is their new song, "Cut Me Some Slack." The show might be over, but you can still donate to the Robin Hood Foundation at the concert's site. (via Slate)


  1. Thanks for posting that. I didn’t get to see the concert and was wondering how that turned out. The Nirvana folks sound amazing together and Paul’s singing was ok – a little “Does Not Compute” feeling – but I feel like the music would be better with someone with a more raw voice. His guitar work was nice with them though. I’m wondering about the guitar he is playing. Anyone know anything about it?

    1. Actually, Paul ended playing “Live and let die” with a shit-ton of fireworks. After that, the last song was “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys. So, yeah, Hey Jude was a nicer kind-of-anarchist idea.

  2. I hope Grohl never gets old because the day he’s unable to wail on the drums like they insulted him personally is going to be a really sad day for music.

    The other surviving members, eh, could take ’em or leave ’em. 

    1. Absodamnlutely.  That’s the best thing I’ve heard out of any of the four of them since shortly after I was born.  I wanna be Dave Grohl, man.

  3. Paul is my least favorite Beatle and I was kinda expecting the worst from this, but I was impressed!! I would’ve thought Paul had completely forgotten what Helter Skelter sounded like, but it sounds like he’s still got that attitude in his back pocket. Nice work dudes.

  4. Not bad, they are certainly rocking it. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had mixed feelings.  But it’s for a good cause, so more power to them.

    I always love to see Pat Smear out and about.  He always seems like he’s so happy to be there.  I remember when he first showed up playing with Nirvana… he was obviously ecstatic.  And I always preferred Grohl on the drums, personally.  I can take or leave Sir Paul.

    Also, what is going on with Novoselic’s facial hair.  Can anyone tell me that?  It confuses me.

    Now I want to see Nirvana unplugged in it’s entirety.  :-/

    1. The DVD was released in 2007, so go buy it! 

      It includes the two songs that didn’t make it into the original MTV broadcast, so it’s a pretty good buy.

      1.  I might have to add that to my X-mas list.  I don’t know why I don’t have, actually.  It’s just such a high point for the unplugged series.  That and the Cure one with them playing toy instruments… The 10,000 Maniacs one was good too. 

  5. Not too shabby for an old fart. Kinda Helter Skelter-ish, which was a nice flashback to have with my morning coffee.

  6. Obviously, the main risk was that the world would implode from the sheer epicness, thus confirming all the 2012 doomsayers..

  7. It’s been hilarious to see how picky Nirvana “purists” have been about this. Cobain was a Beatles fan. Without them (The Beatles), there may not have ever been a Nirvana.

    1. I’ll admit, I’ve never liked any of McCartney’s solo work.  When I heard this was happening, I couldn’t have cared less.

      But then that guy showed up, the crazy old Brit with the weird-ass cigarbox dobro.  I’d happily jam with that McCartney all day long.  Who knew the guy could rock?

      (Yeah, I know, you did.  But I sure as hell didn’t.)

  8. >It was just as excellent as you’d hope it would be

    hey jamie:

    don’t speak for me and my hopes, a’ight young’n?

  9. I liked the song, they definitely rocked, but I was really hoping we would hear a Nirvana song with McCartney singing :(
    I mean, there isn´t going to be a Nirvana reunion ever, not with Kurt gone. Realistically, Kurt could have done a Nirvana reunion tour without Dave or Krist but not the other way around.

    But if there was going to be a Nirvana reunion, a charity concert like this is a good place to do it, because, they are not doing it just to cash in, they’re not going on tour with this.

    So if you had to choose, who would you choose instead of McCartney?

    I’m sticking with Paul, he rocked!

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