Nirvana Reform With Paul McCartney

That's right, the entire living Nirvana lineup have reformed! They've drafted Paul McCartney in as their frontman for the Hurricane Sandy relief concert tonight.

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In a last minute bid for "WTF of the year", Paul McCartney will front a reformed Nirvana at a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert tonight.

Both Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are taking part, along with Pat Smear who once toured as an additional Nirvana guitarist and now plays in the Foo Fighters lineup. With McCartney being a personal hero to Kurt Cobain, this is as close to a Nirvana reunion as we'll ever see.

Of course, it could end up being a Beatles performance for all we know. Nirvana were huge fans of the Beatles, so they'd probably jump at the chance to perform their songs with Macca.

They've been secretly working on a new song in preparation for the gig, after Grohl asked McCartney to "jam with some mates".

McCartney says he didn't realise who they were at first, according to the Sun:

"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 Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Eric Clapton will also play at the benefit concert, alongside several pop stars. Money raised from the event will go to the Sandy Relief benefit fund to aid those whose lives were affected by the recent hurricane on the East Coast.

You can watch a live stream of the concert here when it starts later tonight:

We're speechless, but if you have something to say about the biggest news of the year, go ahead in the comments.

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    maniac-stevo
    So next weeks article; "Courtney Love sues Paul Mcartney"...
    TheBigDirty716
    ha, right!?? Can they even play any Nirvana songs up there? doesn't courtney still have a bunch of the rights to the songs? judging from her past actions i'd have to doubt she would ever let them play under that name unless she stood to make a boat load of cash. What a shitty headline. "Reunion"? more like, Surviving members of Nirvana playing with Paul". There, now im satisfied and can start my day... wtf
    bradd101
    If I remember correctly, Frances Cobain currently is in control of her mother's share of the rights due to Courtney owing her a substantial amount of cash, so I don't think she'll have any say
    Shaggy91
    And im entirely too excited for this....
    N-D
    Hmm... I don't think McCartney was a personal hero for Kurt - I know, he liked Beatles' music, but not McCartney himself. Some quote from interview with Kurt: "I like The Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney. "
    yoman297
    source please
    CultofSG
    I would also like to see this source. However, I think it would be safe to say Kurt probably leaned Lennon when it came to the Beatles. Regardless, Paul is a legend and this will be awesome.
    Tarsplitter
    "If it was up to me, Id get more oil tanker drivers drunk. I dont value music much. I like the Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney. I like Led Zeppelin, but I hate Robert Plant. I like the Who, but I hate Roger Daltrey." -Kurt Cobain
    MrDo0m
    @tarsplitter in regards to the Kurt quote (cause my replies usually don't work ) Honestly, I think Kurt was just being ironic.
    yoman297
    It seems like he's trying to say he hates being a frontman and/or he doesn't like frontmen in general.
    geor4ge
    well said man could not agree more. knew that he was a huge fan of lennon (only reason they have over dubs on nevermind) because lennon did it with beatles. would say just a classic rock jam and mybe a few bars of something. just hard with courtney owning everything!@
    swave75
    Kurt and Paul play(ed) left handed. I guess that is what they are looking for.
    Johnny_Ibanez
    I remember McCartney's performance at the Olympics earlier this year. I have low hopes for this.
    LedZeppelin14
    I saw Paul perform live two weeks ago here in Edmonton. He actually did an amazing job, best concert I've ever been to. I think it was just the fact he was performing in front of millions and millions of viewers for the Olympics that his performance slightly went down. He seemed more emotional in London than anything, and that's why his voice was a little shaky and what not. I know I'd have a bit of an off day if I was performing as the headliner for the bloody Olympics. Nerve-racking stuff right there.
    chrus
    Cool man! I'm in Eddie too, my mates went to that show, said it was amazing!
    lemmon182
    Nerve-racking stuff? You realise he was in The Beatles? Arguably the biggest band of all time. I'm pretty sure he would be used to playing to big audiences by now..
    LedZeppelin14
    So you're saying performing in front of 80,000 people in the stadium, and well over at least a quarter billion people over television wouldn't make you the slightest bit nervous? You're an idiot.
    Jmoarguitar
    If they were going to pick a veteran rock star, I think Neil Young would have been a cool addition.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    Not sure if I like it.... Paul is no kurt. he has a totally different style.. but I guess we will see.
    BirdieBoy264
    I agree. Surely someone like Chris Cornell would be better suited for this. He'd do a great job of it.
    hotdogs585
    cornell is good in his own right but the thought of him singing nirvana songs grosses me out
    Insanity ninja
    I'd love to see Chris Cornell perform with the other members of Nirvana... But I wonder what Courtney will have to say on this matter.
    Grif22
    Maybe that's the idea? Noone could possibly replace Kurt, so trying to get someone to sound like him would mean the concert is doomed to fail. Getting someone radically different would be more like a a tribute: Admitting that Kurt is irreplaceable, but that they still want to bring his music to the people.
    thedevil
    you needs someone who understands the music. And I suppose that's subjective, but chris cornell, or eddie vedder, these guys are too much of rock stars. kurt was the a punk rock star through and through, till the very end. I'm not saying you'd have to get a junkie (Scott Weiland), just a passionate artist. Like Niel Young.
    Izzy-Sweet
    I really want to hear Paul McCartney try and shout the chorus to "Smells Like Teen Spirit". That would either be sad or hilarious.
    foosgold
    I think Nirveatles will rule. If Paul can sing Helter Skelter he can do any Kurt line.
    Kinths
    So just to be clear, None of them have said it is a Nirvana reunion or that they will be singing Nirvana songs and that headline is completely misleading? Just because some of the members of a band play together doesn't mean it is a reunion. Grohl, Novoselic and Smear all played on the latest Foo's album is that Nirvana reunion too ?
    UncleBluck
    Listen to Helter" Skelter" or "Oh Darling"...if Pauly has any of that left in his voice he should be able to do the song justice...
    Crimson.King
    Disappointed at all the Paul hate here...though John Lennon would probably have made a better replacement for Kurt.
    redisni
    Dave on drums/vocals, Pat and Krist on guitars, Paul on bass. Sounds just fine to me.
    jd277
    best idea here. or just kick Paul out completely.
    Mathedes
    What? Then this wouldn't be news.
    thrill606
    Nirvana reuniting wouldn't be news? Anyway, it should be Dave drumming and singing with Krist on Bass and Pat on Guitar.
    Scarecrow6459
    Yeah, have Dave sing, **** it. If you're going to have nirvsns vomr bsck in any fashiom, might as well.
    Mathedes
    No. Kicking out Paul (McCartney), who'd be on bass. Paul being with Nirvana is the entire reason this article is on UG.
    thrill606
    If Paul wasn't involved it would still be an article. The point is that its a Nirvana reunion. It doesn't matter who the singer is.
    Celt64
    This is one of the coolest things this year. It has been a pretty good year in Rock.
    Alice2Mudgarden
    i like to think Kurt would smile after hearing this. It's a lot better than Miley Cyrus covering Nirvana
    tukk04
    Paul would work good for "Dumb" and "About a Girl", then again both of those songs were acknowledged as beatle-influenced by Kurt.
    TheEmpyrean
    If only John Lennon was still around, he would have been perfect for this. Not only did Kurt idolise him,but they also had a pretty similar singing style, save for the screaming, in that both had a raspy/husky tone to his voice. Kurt would have been so happy if that happened. Anyway, it's awkward because Kurt hated Paul.
    ph7milk
    What song are they going to play first? Smells Like Hey Jude, or Rape Me Eleanor Rigby
    SuicidalFreak
    I didn't see this coming. I can't imagine Paul swearing while singing Nirvana songs.
    intheshadowplay
    Man, imagine if they play "Rape Me". That'd be hilari-fying.
    mrmckaid
    That was the first song that came to my mind when I read this too for some reason! I could hear it. Maybe with a little Sgt. Pepper style horns.
    maidenbridge666
    I reckon they'll play McCartney songs as his backing band. Doubt they'd even attempt Nirvana songs!
    lithium_boy
    thats what im betting will happen, with MAYBE one or two Nirvana songs probably Smells like teen spirit and Hart shapped box.. that is IF they even do nirvana songs. (which would seem really ignorant to have 4/5 guys and not do it) keep in mind Paul had to be told he was playing with the surviving members.
    ffaf12
    hmm could be good i can see an acoustic performance coming on, pauls vocals would just be to different to sound convinsing alongside heavily distorted guitars itd just sound like an andy rehdfelt mash up
    notaconotaco
    Should be cool, but I don't think Paul was a hero to Kurt. I believe he said Paul kind of embarrassed him... but still, should be awesome!
    N-D
    Quote from Kurt Cobain: "I don't value music much. I like The Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney."
    gus_metallica
    This is the WEIRDEST thing ever. But I will watch it. Paul should rather have a gig with Ringo, Dhani and Sean
    head-case
    My god. I just saw Paul McCartney on his late date before this. I can't tell if this is real or not! I guess I'll find out tonight. By the way, for 70 or 71, McCartney is more yourhful than anyone! Should be VERY interesting.
    Minkaro
    But Paul is a good singer, so he doesn't fit at all.
    TheEmpyrean
    Paul's voice is pretty forgettable. Kurt's voice was one of a kind- whether he was singing so soft it was almost a whisper, like in Something In the Way, or screaming so hard it sounded like it was coming from his soul,like in Milk It. He had an amazingly powerful voice.
    Alice2Mudgarden
    oh yeah, one of the most imporant musical acts in rock n roll history has a singer with a forgettable voice. that makes perfect sense. The Beatles are like sooo foregettable. For a guy who's 70, his voice sounds pretty feckin amazing to me. I'm sure he could do a nice rendition of "Come as You are" or even "On a Plain" or let's not forget "All Apologies"