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Thursday, December 13, 2012
12-12-12: Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl & Friends - "Cut Me Some Slack" (Nirvana Reunion?)
Madison Square Garden held a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy last night, appropriately dubbed "12-12-12." I didn't get a chance to watch the concert, but I guess it was on TV from about 7:30-1am; Rock "N" Roll greats like The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, The Who, Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band performed colorful sets. It looks like The Who ripped through damn-near a full album, while everyone else just plated 2-3 quick tracks. Adam Sandler covered "Hallelujah," Kanye, Alicia Keys, Michael Stipe, Bon Jovi, and Paul Schaffer (Letterman) managed to roll through, too. But arguably the most buzzed about moment of the night was when Paul McCartney performed with Nirvana's surviving members: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and touring guitarist Pat Smear.
"So recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them. 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!" ... The band launched into a BRAND NEW track that they recorded about 6 months ago for Grohl's upcoming Sound City documentary/soundtrack, appropriately titled "Cut Me Some Slack." Unsurprisingly, it sounds a lot like how you'd expect a Beatles and Nirvana/Foo Fighters team-up to sound. I mean, we're talkin' about cigar box guitar, Grunge undertones, aggressive drumming, muddy basslines, etc. I'm happy they didn't try their hand @ [disastrously] re-creating any Nirvana or Beatles classics, but I think Kurt Cobain would have been proud since Meet The Beatles! (1964) supposedly inspired him to write "About a Girl." Rest easy, Chris Hendershot!