Paul McCartney Talks 'Powerful' Nirvana Reunion

McCartney sings band's praises in interview.

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Paul McCartney has been speaking to Rolling Stone about Nirvana's "powerful" reunion in Seattle last week. The surviving members of the band joined McCartney on stage to run though "Cut Me Some Slack" (the song that they had recorded for Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary) as well as a number of Beatles classics including "Get Back," "Long Tall Sally," "Helter Skelter" and "The End."

As McCartney notes, the reunion came about when he discovered that Dave Grohl was going to Seattle with his family at the same time that McCartney was touring there. The former Beatle then asked Grohl if the band would fancy reuniting. The singer also notes that the band did not need to rehearse apart from during Friday Afternoons Soundcheck.

"We hatched that plan a couple of weeks ago," says McCartney. "Dave was going to come up to Seattle with his family, and I said to him, 'Do you think there's any chance the guys would fancy [a reunion]?' He said, 'Well, let me ask.' And they fancied it. So we thought, 'Let's go and flip 'em out.'"

According to McCartney, the band brings a particular kind of power to the stage: "I mean, my band's great but when you augment it with Nirvana, that's greater.

"When you're playing with guys like that, you realize that they've been to the heights of fame, so they're used to it they're not gonna freak," he says. "And they're hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That's what's great about playing with guys like that."

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    Tag43
    It amazes me that Paul and Dave can just be all "oh hey, what a coincidence. Let's play together!"
    UniformRecon
    What's even cooler to me is how much McCartney enjoys it. HE'S the one who went to Grohl and said "Wanna do it again?"
    kaosxrocker
    I was actually lucky enough to witness that. Even without the reunion, it was probably one of the best concerts I've seen, but when he announced Dave, Krist, and Pat, that put it over the top for me.
    Vash_15
    Until they start playing Nirvana songs, I'm reluctant to call it a Nirvana reunion.
    UniformRecon
    Paul McCartney himself calls it a Nirvana reunion...
    pomes
    Can you please tell me where McCartney uses the phrase "Nirvana reunion"? He called Dave for a reunion of the group that performed and recorded the song Cut Me Some Slack, which just happened to contain 3 of the 4 Nirvana band members.
    TomM96
    0:31 "The penny finally dropped, I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion"
    JOHNSTONE6
    Did anyone else read that he was talking to Rolling Stone Magazine...Eww McCartney I thought You we're better than that.
    Teodor
    "And they fancied it. So we thought, 'Let's go and flip 'em out.'" Oh Brits...