Nirvana To Tour With McCartney?

After their second live performance there are hints of a full-scale tour, with Krist Novoselic citing David Lee Roth as another candidate for frontman.

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After their second live performance, this time on Saturday Night Live, fans are asking: Will Nirvana and Paul McCartney go on full-scale tour?

There's no official announcement, but HenneMusic reports that if you ask bassist Krist Novoselic, the answer is: "Absolutely."

The surviving members of Nirvana unexpectedly reformed with Paul McCartney and Nirvana's touring guitarist Pat Smear for a 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert last week. They opted to write a brand new song, "Cut Me Some Slack", rather than perform any Nirvana or Beatles tracks.

Novoselic would even tour with other classic-era artists, citing the Van Halen frontman as one potential example. "I love David Lee Roth. I would tour with David Lee Roth because I think he's great," Krist said.

"It wouldn't be some oldies review; if we put a band together and we were making music and we felt good about it and there was that passion and that spark I'd do it in a second."

Krist realises some Nirvana fans were disappointed to see the band reunite without late singer Kurt Cobain. To those fans, Krist says: "Who asked you?"

But every band needs a name, and Krist adds that there was fan idea that he liked. "The best was when they called it 'Sirvana' (Sir Paul + Nirvana). I thought that was really good."

Watch the band perform "Cut Me Some Slack" on Saturday Night Live:

What do you think of the potential for a tour with the remaining Nirvana members? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    THIS WAS NOT A FUCKING NIRVANA REUNION. They don't call it Nirvana and didn't play a Nirvana song. Stop using this misleading bullshit headline to get views. Just because those three get together does not mean it's Nirvana, All 3 played on the last foo's album shall we go and rename the Foo Fighters to Nirvana now?
    That my friend is a fantastic point.
    Thank you, I'ts a shame I had to result to cursing to get it across but this is like the 4th time in a week now and I've commented near the same every single time. Not only is it completely misleading, it's also getting the people involved undeserved hate. Things like the Courtney Love rant probably wouldn't have happened if so called "news" sources didn't keep misleading everyone into thinking that their aim is to reform Nirvana. Most Nirvana fans opposition to the idea of them playing together likely wouldn't have happened either. It's just 4 musicians who wanted to play together and raise some money for people in need while they do it.
    Courtney Love is brainless gutter swine. If she could work enough energy to rub her two brain cells together and produce a COHERENT tweet or comment from time to time perhaps i'd take her a bit more seriously. I get it she was Kurt's girl but clearly she hasn't the intelligent to produce anything that is intelligible... It is painful to see people going to far to make the musicians look bad. It was for a great cause and if they did decide to tour i doubt it would be under the Nirvana name. All parties involved have too much respect for Kurt to do so because that band was really his brain child so to hijack it for profit like that... not something characteristic of any of those guys, especially not Dave.
    Gutter Swine would be a good band/album name. Also thanks for making this point for us all Kinths. Sincerely, Me - Merry Christmas!
    *radio voice* and here's the new Nirvana record! "I Should Have Known" here on UG Radio, the Ultimate Radio Station for your Guitar needs!
    I pictured that sitting on Songs for the Deaf as one of the radio bits somehow, DJ ignorance and all. hahaha
    yeah when did the members themselves start calling it a nirvana reunion? Isnt that just media speculation for the most part?
    I can promise you the David Lee Roth comment was a typical sarcastic Krist remark that no one got, just like the old days..
    I'd undoubtedly try to get tickets to the nearest show, but David Lee Roth would be rough to sit through.
    I must say, Im totally digging this. Cool song and cool to see them performing together. But yes, this is NOT Nirvana, just the members of the band reuniting for a side project.
    Who cares who they play with? If you don't like what they do, don't buy it. Dave got to play with Page and JpJ. Now he is getting to play with Sir Paul. That's pretty cool. How many of you would turn down the chance?
    I wouldn't count on anything happening. Besides obviously Paul couldn't pull off nirvana songs, maybe dumb or all apologies and i wouldn't mind seeing them cover those types of songs. But in essence kurt was nirvana and i think dave respects that and would do anything substantial under that name
    "Who asked you?" F*ck yes! All the pansy asses complaining about a Nirvana reunion, Krist is really saying what a true punk era rocker would say, "It's our f*cking lives, we'll do whatever the hell we want.". All hail Krist!
    Let's be real here, there's no way Krist was serious talking about David Lee Roth
    After Kurt Cobain died and Nirvana disbanded, Dave Grohl considered having Krist Novoselic as a part of the Foo Fighters. They both decided it would be a bad idea because Dave didn't want the new band to be "another Nirvana." It's been almost twenty years and, if he wasn't interested in a Nirvana revival/revamping THEN, I'm pretty sure he has no interest in it now, especially not in light of his own band's success and that of his various other musical endeavors. Too many music fans treat Nirvana and Kurt Cobain like a sacred cow so this debate will just go on forever.
    frehley freak
    F*cking dumb, they DID NOT ask "Are you touring with Paul?"; they asked "Would you like to tour with Paul?" Unfortunately this BullSH*T column was another product of Ultimate-Guitar.
    Courtney's not gonna like this. Could we force her to change her name to Courtney Hate?
    I will more the gleefully accept this under two conditions: 1. They don't refer to themselves as Nirvana: It's like the Smashing pumpkins on this one - even though Billy calls it "The smashing pumpkins", all it is today is just "Billy & co.". The smashing pumpkins will first REALLY exist again, when D'arcy Wretzky, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlain are back together, and Nirvana will only ever exist again if Kurt comes back, revealing he lived on a remote island for over 18 years... 2. UG, STOP CALLING IT A NIRVANA REUNION! As previously pointed out, it is not Nirvana! So stop calling it that, so you can get traffic! If these terms are fulfilled, then I can easily say my opinion about this project... AWWWWW YEEEEEAAAAAH!
    My mind is still blown about those guys teaming up with Paul McCartney. That's like a dream come true.
    I'm so happy that nirvana is back. Sorry Kurt but one dude doesn't make a band. See John Frusciante, Eric Averly, Mike Dunston, Jeremy Curtis.....
    I also disagree. In a 3 piece band, 1 piece is very essential. There's only 4 instruments coming from the band and Kurt was responsible for 2 of them (voice included). It'd be like Rush without Geddy Lee.
    I agree. I immediately thought of Layne Staley and how Alice in Chains is still performing and writing. They're still going pretty strong, despite Layne, the old frontman, not being there.
    i always find myself coming back to alice in chains but i also realize that just simply not every band is the same and if they can find a way to make it work then go ahead. people also dont realize that theyre not playing nirvana songs or beatles songs, so its not really even a nirvana reunion its the guys from nirvana and mccartney
    I agree. And let's be realistic; they're not going to be able to find a true "replacement" for Kurt, just like Cantrell & Co. can't replace Layne. Fans are going to have to accept that and just enjoy what music they will create. But I definately understand how people feel, some legacies need to be left alone. Which is why they should make new music of their own.
    Stop calling them Nirvana for the love of god. Neither Paul McCartney nor David Lee Roth will ever be in Nirvana. Dude, seriously. This is a totally different thing from nirvana.
    Carl Hungus
    I am all for them doing their own thing. Totally cool. But Nirvana would have never come about without Kurt Cobain. He was the PRIMARY songwriter. Nuff said.
    You have a chili peppers icon and you don't like JF????? The Empyrean is a MILLION times better than I'm With You.
    Dude. John Frusciante was the only interesting thing in RHCP. Ok, Flea's cool too, but every solo album by John is a million times more interesting than any Chili Peppers album. And The Empyrean is quite possibly one of the best albums ever recorded. Of course these are only opinions, but now you've heard mine.
    the one and only man who would be capable to front "Nirvana" is "Weird Al" Yankovic
    Mark Lanegan would be my choice for singer. It would be tasteful plus he was friends with Kurt. Not to mention the grunge connection.
    Why does UG not realise that Pat was a member of Nirvana, not just a guy who played on tour...
    "Nirvana reunion" is highly misleading title. They didn't play a single Nirvana song yet. When Audioslave formed no one called it a Rage Against the Machine reunion.
    Paul McCartney, Kris Novoselic and Dave Grohl certainly have one thing in common : all three of them where in hugely successful bands, and all three had their frontman die on them. Even though technically the Beatles were already over when John Lennon died, I think that gives them ground for understanding each other. And they also all know that no matter what they do, they will never achieve that level of success again. I think that might bring on a "Live Through This" attitude for them. And as far as the Courtney Love issues are concerned, I think we should be a little more understanding. Her companion and father of her child killed himself : that is the worst form of abandon. As much as she may have loved him, it is only normal that she must hate him a little bit for that, and by extension be a bit better about those who shared his life and success. Two-bit psychology, I know. But still... Just sayin'...
    Doesn't matter. They're a group of amazing musicians and if they wanna get together and jam and make music and go on tour, i say let them. It would be awesome.
    If Sirvana toured, can they still play Nirvana songs? Can Courtney interfere?
    Nero Galon
    I agree it shouldn't really be treated as a reunion. And I can't really see Paul singing any of Kurt's stuff. But I think people just need to cut them some slack.
    If it's a different band name, i don't see the problem? Audioslave were Rage without Zack. Three members of one huge band, the singer of another huge band. As someone previously said, they have in no way likened their current presence to Nirvana, they haven't played any songs or called it a reunion. I really dig the whole side and vibe, and am really pleased to see Paul kicking some arse for the first time in a while. Call it something different and what's the problem?? People have done it before. It ain't a Nirvana reunion and the only people saying it is are sensationalist tabloids/websites *ahem...UG...*
    Sir Paul likened their existence to Nirvana when he said at the 12/12/12 benefit concert: "I suddenly realised I was in the middle of a Nirvana Reunion "
    Well, he's old and mental
    Some guys get together and play some songs does it really matter what they call it? Like the songs or don't like the songs but it's not a massive deal.
    Please don't! Kurt's dead... And he was too big a part of Nirvana to replace..
    thats why they made a new song..dave grohl and paul are amazing song writers as well as krist so there is plenty of talent to write new songs.
    They're not replacing him because they're not billing themselves as Nirvana. They're a different thing entirely. Don't listen to UG's bullshit headlines.
    Krist realises some Nirvana fans were disappointed to see the band reunite without late singer Kurt Cobain. To those fans, Krist says: "Who asked you?" Who asked us? We're only the people who lined your pockets throughout the years by buying Nirvana's cds and paying to see their gigs while they were around. In all honesty, they should mostly reunite and tour without Kurt just to piss Courtney off
    Yeah, who asked us? It doesn't matter what we think. It's their band, their music, they have the right to do whatever the hell they want with it. If my bands lead singer were to die and i decided to tour with someone else you know what i would say to people who were unhappy about it? Who asked you?
    Course they can do what they want with their band. But you can't expect people who can't picture it working without Kurt to not want to voice their opinion and Krist really should have a better response for them than along the lines of he doesn't care what they think. They're still fans of his band regardless, no need to disregard them just cause their opinion is different to his on touring without Kurt
    Every person has a right to express their opinion, but a band or artist owes their fans nothing creatively. They can be incredibly grateful for the support and money they have given them in their musical journey, but creatively you have absolutely no stakes in a band's output. If you don't like it you won't buy their stuff. Simple as.
    I don't even understand what you mean by saying "they can do what they want with their band." I mean it's not like this is Nirvana. It's just the three guys from Nirvana, they are not calling the band Nirvana. Just like Velvet Revolver isn't Guns N' Roses, it's Velvet Revolver. And why would Krist need to have any other response than the one he truly feels like saying? When a band starts licking their fans asses and giving them the sweet and nice answers they want to hear, do you know what that's called? That's called selling out. Is that what you want from the surviving members of Nirvana? To sell out and, instead of expressing true feelings (also known as creating art), to play just what gives them the biggest dollars? Oh well.
    you bought the cds because he was making good music all these years so he has a right to be pissed if you dont have faith in him
    Plus, this isn't "Sublime with Rome" syndrome, here. If they tour, it's going to be an entirely new thing. They aren't going to call it "Nirvana with Paul" and play Kurt's tunes.
    Kurt was half of Nirvana (guitar and vox)so there is none without him. I don't think Dave n Krist would ever brand another band Nirvana
    Well if u asked me, if they have to tour together, perhaps the three (Krist, Dave, Pat) and Michael Stipe would be a good combination... Kurt's favorite band was REM...
    Hey guys, I don't like Paul being there either, but just so you know, Dave has said thousands of times Nirvana's gone, he'd never replace him because you couldn't. So they wouldn't play Nirvana songs out of respect, Dave wouldn't let them. So that does make at least me feel a lot better about the whole thing.
    A tour will never happen...but if these guys really enjoy making music together (and it seems they do) and the songs flow when their together, a one off album would be a gift to everyone!!!
    They should do this for one reason and one reason only... It would make Courtney Love explode.
    Hahaha, Sirvana. I don't care either way. Nirvana were a great band, this new lineup is pretty great. Why complain? If they're having fun with it, let's just take it as that and not fight over whether Kurt would have wanted it or whether it's truly Nirvana or not. If I got criticized for every time I replaced a member of a band like that (and many of my former bandmates were responsible for a lot of the older music I still play today), I wouldn't be able to go any further with my music career now, and it's barely off the ground!
    ...And all the hardcore Queen fans thought it was weird having Paul Rodgers or Adam Lambert tour with them. I'm really interested to hear what they sound like, it could end up quite creative.
    If they are performing/writing new material, then fair enough, as long as you don't call it a nirvana reunion. You simply cannot replace Kurt, and continue to call it Nirvana. There will never be a reunion because Kurt isn't here. As i said before, it would be like having a "Clash" reunion without Joe Strummer, it just will not work. Some things are best left alone.
    Either way i do hope that Pat, Dave, and Krist do start playing togehter..They have great chemistry and it would be cool to see Krist playing bass again...Just find a good singer and see what happens...And Dont call it Nirvana (I dont think these guys have any desire to do that anyway)