Sir Paul McCartney shocked music fans yesterday when he announced that he’d be performing with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear – the surviving members of Nirvana –at the 12.12.12. Superstorm Sandy relief concert in New York.
Naysayers were quick to sneer at the idea of the former Beatle acting as a “substitute” for Kurt Cobain, but happily “Beatvana” proved them all wrong. As you can see and hear in this video, the band really rocked!
Multi-instrumentalist Sir Paul welcomed Grohl, Novoselic and Smear onto the stage during his own set at the event and, after a quick story about “jamming” with the guys, said it had dawned on him that he was "in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."
While the foursome didn’t play any Nirvana or Beatles tunes, they did debut an all-new track called Cut Me Some Slack, a heavy, gutsy rocker that sounded like a cross between Led Zep and late-period Stone Roses.
Annoyingly, this clip’s audio and video are slightly out of sync, but the tune’s so good that it shouldn’t matter too much. Enjoy:
If you’re in the mood for some more Beatles-based fun after that, have a listen to the group’s first ever recording session or check out our A-Z guide to the band. For more from Nirvana, see our favourite TV performances from the Seattle grunge rockers.