In a room full of headliners, from Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel to Roger Waters and Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney and Nirvana stood apart from the rest at the 12.12.12 Sandy relief benefit concert on Wednesday.
Word spread ahead of the event that McCartney was going to join members of the influential rock group for a reunion set, but it was still a thrilling surprise to see the rocker take the stage with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
The trio joined McCartney after the legendary Beatle gave a little story about how the reunion came together.
"So recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them," McCartney told the crowd Wednesday. "So I showed up like you do, ready to jam. And in the middle of it these guys kept saying, we haven't played together for years. The penny finally dropped, I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."
And with that, they swung into a well-received performance of a song called "Cut Me Some Slack."
But that was just the highlight of a night filled with them, including Chris Martin and Michael Stipe's duet of "Losing My Religion," Jon Bon Jovi joining Springsteen and the E Street Band for "Born To Run," and Kanye West's 20-minute performance, representing as the only hip-hop act on the bill.
I think it's great that Paul McCartney is finally getting back into the music phase, especially since it's with Nirvana. Anyone think they're going to make a song/album with each other? They should, I think it'd be good to hear old rock again.
Courtney Love is just a washed up junkie.
Why were The Bangles and New Kids On The Block excluded? How can anyone suggest this 12/12/12 concert was an "All-Star Collaboration" when you left off The Bangles and NKOTB?
I love Courtney Love
all will be fun.
was praised everyone was very happy to see him....too bad he's kinda retired now
Hey how come I wasn't invited? Oh s**t, I'm dead...damn....
in this picture...he's so hot even at 64 years old. he is the boss.
wish he could have seen more of that.
Allow me to correct you. McCartney jammed with a fine bassist, a fantastic and influential punk player and the real, actual genius of Nirvana. Biggest favor modern music ever got from Cobain was a shotgun blast that let Grohl put together Foo Fighters and find his voice.
Thank you Courtney Love
I wonder if Sir Paul tried to talk them into performing Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey?
U2 is awsome
Is it just me or was I the only one that noticed Brian Williams from NBC Nightly News refer to Pete Townshend as Uncle Keith Moon? Wow. Also, I was skeptical about the Nirvana/McCartney collaboration because, as far as I am concerned, there is no Nirvana w/out Kurt Cobain, but kudos to the guys for at least doing something new and not trying an actual Nirvana track.
And to be clear on how cool I actually thought it was . . . I am a huge Beatles, Wings, Nirvana, Foo Fighters fan. So, they couldn't have gone wrong with me in any case. McCartney doing Smells Like Teen Spirit? Maybe not.
Much MUCH better that I thought it had any right to be. Actually a VERY catchy tune.
McCartney is the king of modern music, the man is a genius and has the means to back it all up. There's nobody better, yes he is aging along with all of the other legendary British Rockers but at 70 yrs of age most are lucky to walk, never mind belt out vocals like that. Rock on Sir Paul! Nirvana fans dont know how privelaged they are. McCartney doesnt come out last at all of these multi-starred concerts for no reason.....they just save the best for last.
The McCartney/Nirvana jam didn't work for me. Kanye West was like a fish out of water in that lineup. I'd swear 3/4's of the audience left their seats to hit the bathrooms or concession stands to avoid his noise.
That cracks me up because when Kanya toured with U2 a few years ago, the venue was nearly empty while Kanya was on. Once he was done, it became a packed house.
not me at 11:35. troll on.
It would have been better if Tesla and Guns and Roses were there.
That was mind blowing great- could have been a train wreck
Train Wreck or NYC Diesel ? Both are good bands.
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