Paul McCartney to front Nirvana at Hurricane Sandy benefit


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Rock royalty will come out in full force tonight (December 12) to play a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in New York.

The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters are among the artists set to perform at 12-12-12 – which is being held at the iconic Madison Square Garden.

Perhaps the most anticipated act of the evening is Sir Paul McCartney, who will be stepping in to fill Kurt Cobain’s boots during a bizarre Nirvana reunion.

The Beatles legend will join former Nirvana members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, to perform a new song that the trio have been secretly working on in the States.

McCartney told The Sun that Grohl invited him over to “jam with some mates” – not that he realised at the time that “mates” meant two thirds of, oh, only the most important rock band of the 1990s…:

“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.”

The benefit concert will mark the first time the surviving members of Nirvana have played together in 20 years.

Here’s hoping Sir Paul doesn’t forget the lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Can you imagine?! “Hello, hello, hello…Hello, Goodbye!”

12-12-12 will streamed live tonight on nearly 30 websites, including YouTube, MTV and MySpace.

To learn more about the benefit concert, including how to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, click here.

Jess is a UK-based writer. Her articles were initially published by local newspapers and zines; she now writes reviews and features for a wide range of international, award winning art publications.