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The night before: Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney at 121212 'Sandy' concert (video)

Paul McCartney performs on stage during '12-12-12 ~ The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Paul McCartney performs on stage during '12-12-12 ~ The Concert For Sandy Relief' December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Nirvana reunited with guest fronter Paul McCartney on Wednesday during 121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. 


The surprise singalong was to a tune called "Cut Me Some Slack" that McCartney explained like this to the crowd:

"Recently some guys asked me to go jam with them. So I showed up like you do, you know, ready to jam. And in the middle of it, these guys kept going, ‘We haven’t played together for years.’ So, you know, the penny finally dropped — I finally understood I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion."

Since one man's "driving rock" is another man's "fresh hell," here are a few reactions to the musical melange. 

How would you describe the performance? Leave a comment below.

So last night the unthinkable happened: Paulvana, Nirmacca, Nicartney — whatever they’re calling themselves (Abomination is taken) — performed at the 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. It should go without saying that my criticism/cynicism here is strictly musical and cultural: Whatever fresh hell occurred last night was very much in the service of a worthy cause and you should by all means donate. But musically and culturally? Man, I thought it was pretty banal at best, and gross at worst.

The new song, not surprisingly, is a driving rock workout with a heavy backbeat full of distortion-drenched electric guitar work by Pat Smear in tandem with stinging slide guitar leads by McCartney, a sonic assault not far removed from one of the Beatles’ signature hard rockers, “Helter Skelter.”

[I]n teaming with the remaining members of Nirvana to premiere a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack," it seemed like the former Beatle was giving the mickey to any skeptical bloggers -- and it was hard not to cheer and laugh along when he bowed and shrugged after tearing the hard rock anthem apart on stage, as if to say, "I told you so."

["Cut Me Some Slack"] is from the forthcoming album Sound City – Real to Reel, which is essentially the soundtrack to the Grohl's Sound City documentary. Grohl has been quietly working on the film, which is slated to premiere at Sundance in January, over the past year. It traces the history of Sound City, a Los Angeles studio where countless famous albums were recorded, including Nirvana's Nevermind.


Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at 121212 Concert for Sandy Relief