As you may remember, The 12/12/12 Concert for Sandy Relief had one of the most amazing events in music history, and I’m not talking about Chris Martin giving “Viva la Vida” the same treatment Pete Townshend gave “Won’t Get Fooled Again” at the Secret Policemen’s Ball. I mean that Paul performed with Dave Grohl, Krist Novolescic, and Pat Smear to play a single song, known only as “Cut Me Some Slack.” They did another version on Saturday Night Live later that week.
And now, on July 19, he repeated the feat by appearing at Safeco Field in Seattle with the surviving members of Nirvana. He invited the three onstage during the encore to play “Cut Me Some Slack,” but they stayed on to play a number of Beatles songs: ‘Get Back’, ‘Long Tall Sally’ [in fact, the last song they ever performed on stage at their famous Candlestick Park gig], ‘Helter Skelter’, and the Abbey Road Medley. Earlier, they said they wanted to sings songs by neither Nirvana nor the Beatles. But this time, they performed some Beatles songs. One wonders if, next time, Paul will try some Nirvana songs. Sure, his voice may be unsuited for grunge, but what a show that would be!
Paul would later tell Rolling Stone, “We hatched that plan a couple of weeks ago. Dave was going to come up to Seattle with his family, and I said to him, ‘Do you think there’s any chance the guys would fancy [a reunion]?’ He said, ‘Well, let me ask.’ And they fancied it. So we thought, ‘Let’s go and flip ‘em out.’”
They barely had any time to rehearse, but that didn’t matter much: “When you’re playing with guys like that, you realise that they’ve been to the heights of fame, so they’re used to it – they’re not gonna freak. And they’re hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That’s what’s great about playing with guys like that. They’re powerful, you know. It’s a great power to have them on stage with you. I mean, my band’s great – but when you augment it with Nirvana, that’s greater.”
And one little bizarre note I simply have to mention.
Nirvana’s former label SubPop has recently leaked a letter to them by someone claiming to be the mascot for Virginia Tech asking Nirvana to record a brief message (preferrably on an iPhone) saying something like “What up Virginia Tech? This is Nirvana! Just wanted to wish you a Happy Homecoming week and good luck at the game this Saturday. Let’s Go Hokies!” Despite being one of the top technical colleges in America, someone couldn’t just do the 10 seconds on Wikipedia to learn that:
- Nirvana has been defunct since 1994.
- Their frontman Kurt Cobain has been dead since then.
- Sub Pop hasn’t even been their label since 1991.
- Nirvana is not a “she.”
And yes, the writer actually referred to Nirvana as “she.” As in a single female, as opposed to the three-piece group of men it is. I can only assume that they confused Nirvana for Courtney Love. Well, given that one of the guys in charge of last year’s London Olympics actually asked Keith Moon to perform the closing ceremony despite being dead for a third of a century, I can only assume that somehow, this might actually be a lesser research failure than that. The message can be seen here.