The Guardian Paul McCartney will fill the role of Kurt Cobain when he plays with the surviving members of Nirvana at the 12.12.12 concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday night. The former Beatle will join Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic on stage in New York to play a new song after secretly working with the pair. Grohl and Novoselic have not performed with each other for 20 years. A spokesman confirmed that Grohl recently asked McCartney to come along to “jam with some mates”.The former Beatle suggested they “just make something up” and found himself playing with Grohl on drums, bassist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear, who toured with Nirvana for the last six months of the band’s career. Kurt Cobain took his own life in April 1994. McCartney said: “I didn’t really know who they were. 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.”
70 year old former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney seems like a strange choice to replace deceased frontman Kurt Cobain at the Nirvana reunion that is supposedly taking place tonight at MSG to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
I guess they won’t be playing Nirvana classics such as “Rape Me” but they can get by with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” plus “All Apologies” and some other softer songs, maybe “Pennyroyal Tea” to stick with McCartney’s British roots?
I am just picturing McCartney with ear buds in, cramming for this set on azlyrics.com trying to figure out what the hell a strung out Cobain was talking about in 1992. I’ll be watching now, I doubt its great, but should be entertaining.