Nirvana members and Paul McCartney perform "Cut Me Some Slack." (VIDEO)

Watch Paul McCartney Perform with the Surviving Members of Nirvana

Watch Paul McCartney Perform with the Surviving Members of Nirvana

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Dec. 13 2012 8:35 AM

Watch Paul McCartney and “Nirvana”

Paul McCartney got a lot of attention for last night's 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief yesterday when he suggested that he was, essentially, filling in for Kurt Cobain as part of a Nirvana reunion. And while Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have played together fairly recently; and Grohl has played with McCartney before; and, most importantly, there is no Nirvana without Kurt Cobain—it is true that Grohl and Novoselic and Pat Smear, who became a touring member of Nirvana near the end of Cobain's life, have not played together much since his death.*

And anyway, it was for a good cause. They played a new song, called "Cut Me Some Slack," which you can watch above. You can contribute to the ongoing Sandy relief effort at sandyrelief.org.

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* Correction: This post originally stated that the three had not played together in several years. In fact, they performed together in 2010.

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.