In an unexpected union of generations, Beatles’ bassist Paul McCartney growled and bellowed at the helm of a second performance with the surviving members of Nirvana. Brandishing a bizarre cigar-box-shaped 4-string guitar, McCartney actually made an ironic nod toward his distant past.
Back when electric “bass-guitar” was a new thing, the pre-retro and similarly 4-stringed (but much larger and violin-shaped) Höfner “fiddle bass” was McCartney’s trademark. Now the square, equally-throwback, Bratto “Cigfiddle” takes it’s place, sporting a Dobro-esque metal resonator for old-country wailing slide-guitar that well-complimented this driving new hard-rock onslaught. This Saturday Night Live holiday special came three days, almost to the hour, after the world first witnessed this rock-culture-defining combo during the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit.
Kurt Cobain, the original front-man of Nirvana, died at the cliché age of 27. Coincidentally, that’s exactly the age difference between McCartney and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, now better known to youngsters as the leader of the long-running alt-rock staple Foo Fighters.
At age 70 this rock legend, and pioneer of the genre, held-his-own quite well with the 43-year old whippersnapper Grohl. Joined also by guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Krist Novoselic, ages 53 and 47 respectively, Sir Paul McCartney demonstrated he could likely match the energy of Nirvana’s former leader if they were once again performing Nirvana songs together. Such as their groundbreaking MTV debut “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Instead the team, which critics are already referring to as “Sirvana,” performed their original collaborative jam entitled “Cut Me Some Slack,” which Grohl accurately describes to Fuse as “Heavy as F–*.”
As of December 16th, a studio version of the song has also been released to promote the soundtrack for Grohl’s upcoming documentary “Sound City,” about the Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. This title was also visible in large white all-capitals on a speaker cabinet behind Novoselic during the SNL performance.
In his fourth appearance on SNL, the former Beatle also took a seat behind the piano at one point to perform “My Valentine,” a track off his new standards album “Kisses On The Bottom,” joined by Joe Walsh of the Eagles on guitar. This performance lacked the wall of sound that masked many of McCartney’s age lines when fronting a full-on rock band. Viewers without an HD television may have had difficulty confirming the same old man up-close behind the piano was indeed the same guy that just led the kids from Nirvana.
Paul McCartney: Cut Me Some Slack on SNL
Paul McCartney performs on SNL.
Paul McCartney Nirvana “Sirvana” Perform on SNL!
It’s no surprise that the legends’ collaboration at the 12-12-12 Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy relief in NYC last week was a HUGE success and people wanted an encore! We called and Saturday Night Live answered.
Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic on Playing with Paul McCartney – “12-12-12” Nirvana Reunion
Former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic reveal how they came to write and perform an original song with Paul McCartney.