So the unlikely story that got the internet spinning yesterday, the one about how Paul McCartney as Dave Grohl to jam and inadvertently ended up getting Nirvana back together? It turns out there was some — well, a lot of — truth to it. Last night McCartney was charged with closing out the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, a challenging task that meant following up nearly six-hours of performances by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West and Billy Joel to the Rolling Stones, and a task that he handily dealt with by calling up his “mates” Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for a “jam.”
Together they played “Cute Me Some Slack,” the new song teased in yesterday’s blodders. There can be no Nirvana without Kurt Cobain, but McVana ground it out their own way. They played a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was stomping and static with feedback like a Nirvana song wont be, and which got Macca wailing like his blood was running hot: “Mama, watch me run / Mama let me have some fun.”
That was only one of many wonderful moments from last night’s benefit, which . Here are five more you won’t want to miss:
“I know you really wanted One Direction, but it’s way past their bedtime,” Martin joked, explaining that the other 3/4 of his band and also Psy were not available to join him, and so he settled instead for Michael Stipe, who has mostly kept out of the bright-light since R.E.M.’s split last year. No shame there, as the two joined up to play R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.”
4. Eddie Vedder Performs “Comfortably Numb” With Roger Waters
Roger Waters played a series of songs from The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon before welcoming Eddie Vedder on stage for an ever-so-slightly grunge-d up rendition of “Comfortably Numb.” And it was long, but we would have listened even longer. At the end, the two shared a nice hug. Watch the sensational moment here while it lasts.
3. The Rolling Stones Keep It Brief, Keep It Fun
Even a half a century later, few effuse rock and roll so much as Mick Jagger does. Last night was no exception, as he bounced and sputtered around the stage as the band behind him worked through “You Got Me Rocking,” Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and, well, that was it. They’ve got a big show tonight in New Jersey, and after half a century of putting on the greatest rock and roll show on earth later, they can do as much or as little as they want and we’ll still be blown away.
2. Kanye West And His Skirt
One of the bills’ few youngsters, Kanye showed up in a black leather kilt (left over from the Watch the Throne tour?) and blew through a 10 song set that loaded heavy with hits: “Mercy,” “Clique,” “Power,” “Jesus Walks,” “All of the Lights,” “Diamonds,” “Gold Digger,” “Runaway” and “Stronger.” So many hits! None of which had much to do with the occasion, but people really loved the skirt, so there’s always that.
The Jersey Shore was one of the areas most effected by Sandy, and so it seems only right that the state’s two greatest stars come together for this sort of benefit. After playing “Land of Hope and Dreams,” “Wrecking Ball” and “My City of Ruins” with his E Street band, the Boss called on his “great friend and neighbor” to join him for “Born to Run.” This is exactly what the night was about.