Paul McCartney to Fill In for Kurt Cobain During Nirvana Reunion Set (Report)
Paul McCartney is reaching Nirvana.
The former Beatle is reportedly joining Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic -- the surviving members of Nirvana -- onstage in New York Wednesday for the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy, according to a report by the U.K.’s The Guardian. As the gig marks Grohl and Novoselic’s first performance together in 20 years, McCartney will fill the void left by Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in April 1994.
While a rep for Grohl declined comment to THR, news of the partnership comes as no surprise to those who have followed Grohl and McCartney’s bromance over the years. The duo first met in 2007 when the Foo Fighters (Grohl's current band) recorded Wings’ (McCartney's former band) “Band on the Run” at London’s Abbey Road studios where, according to bassist Nate Mendel, McCartney dropped by. In June of 2008, Grohl joined McCartney onstage at Anfield Stadium in Liberty, assisting on “I Saw Her Standing There," "Back in ihe U.S.S.R." and "Band on the Run."
In 2009, television audiences got their first glimpse at the superstars’ collaborations when they hit the stage together at the Grammys.
The Grammys again saw Grohl and McCartney join forces in 2012, this time alongside fellow legends Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh.
The 12-12-12 benefit concert special will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York via multiple global platforms. The event, produced by James Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes, will also feature performances from The Who, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel and Chris Martin.
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