December 13th, 2012
10:46 AM ET

Paul McCartney jams with Nirvana at 12.12.12 concert

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.

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  1. Sarah

    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.

    January 30, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael Hiltz

    Courtney Love is just a washed up junkie.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lizard Lance

    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?

    December 19, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Glam is the way to go....


    December 16, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. ewwwwwwww

    Courtney Love

    December 16, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chrrrris

    I love Courtney Love

    December 16, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. You can pick another concert if you want

    all will be fun.

    December 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. billy joel

    was praised everyone was very happy to see him....too bad he's kinda retired now

    December 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thanks v

    December 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Goal

    December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Lennon

    Hey how come I wasn't invited? Oh s**t, I'm dead...damn....

    December 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doesn't bruce springsteen look amazing

    in this picture...he's so hot even at 64 years old. he is the boss.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kurt is an amazing musician

    wish he could have seen more of that.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pup Tentacle

    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.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Thank you Courtney Love

    December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. bob

    I wonder if Sir Paul tried to talk them into performing Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey?

    December 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. SilverFox22

    U2 is awsome

    December 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. bruce makes me weak at the knees


    December 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TC

    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.

    December 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TC

      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.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joe in SC

    Much MUCH better that I thought it had any right to be. Actually a VERY catchy tune.

    December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. EZDEE

    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.

    December 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. kramden

    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.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Kimberly

      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.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Stan

    not me at 11:35. troll on.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  24. Stan

    It would have been better if Tesla and Guns and Roses were there.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  25. jefo

    That was mind blowing great- could have been a train wreck

    December 13, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |

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