Paul McCartney did his best Kurt Cobain impersonation on Wednesday night, joining Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a spirited performance at the 12-12-12 concert. The special development closed the show, which benefits victims of Hurricane Sandy.
McCartney first took the stage to perform "Helter Skelter." He was later joined by Diana Krall, with whom he performed "My Valentine." But eventually, it was time: Grohl, Novoselic and Pat Smear took the stage. The men did a new song, "Cut Me Some Slack," which they said was never before performed for an audience. The performance didn't happen until 1:00 a.m., surprising given Madison Square Garden's notoriously strict curfews. It was a boisterous show, with McCartney looking pretty much amazing for his 70 years.
After the new song, called "Cut Me Some Slack," McCartney went back to his own band.
Rumors that Sir Paul was joining the group for Wednesday's event sparked a Twitter frenzy. A spokesman for Grohl told the Guardian that the Beatle had joined Novoselic and the Foo Fighter's frontman in the studio.
McCartney, however, didn't really seem to know what he had gotten himself into. "I didn't really know who they were," he said. "They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said: 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time?' And somebody whispered to me: 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.'"
Certain headlines and media reports that McCartney was "reuniting" or "joining" Nirvana seem a bit bloated -- all indications point to the collaboration centering on 12-12-12 and a potential song.
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994. His body was discovered three days after, next to a suicide note. The grunge band continues to be a fan favorite, and Cobain remains a cult hero.
The concert, which took place at New York's Madison Square Garden, was live streamed on a variety of outlets. Organizers hoped the show would reach a potential audience of 2 billion.