Paul McCartney will fill the role of Kurt Cobain when he plays with the surviving members of Nirvana at the 12.12.12 concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday night….
McCartney said: “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.”
I’ve seen a lot of joking and incredulity about this, but I think it’s actually a pretty logical fit. If you strip them down, a bunch of Kurt Cobain’s melodies sound a hell of a lot like they could be Beatles songs. Exhibit A:
Also, the other thing to consider is that Paul McCartney rules. I think he’s actually underrated among Beatles because of some of the lamer material he put out toward the end of the band’s run, but McCartney had the best voice in the group, wrote some amazing songs, and is a great bass player. Dude’s a treasure, and we should value every opportunity we have to see him perform.
I don’t know how long they’ll play since it’s a benefit concert featuring a variety of acts less exciting than Paul McCartney fronting Nirvana. Supposedly they have a collaborative song, but I hope they’re able to get in some McCartneyed versions of Nirvana songs and Nirvana’d versions of McCartney songs as well. It’ll be on PBS, so I suppose we’ll find out.