Update: RollingStone.com has confirmed that Paul McCartney will in fact perform with the remaining members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at tonight’s 12/12/12 Occupy Sandy benefit concert. According to an official rundown of the show, Paul McCartney will join “Dave Grohl and Friends” to close out the show.
We should’ve known this date would bring about some weird news. The Guardian is reporting that Paul McCartney is set to take the place of Kurt Cobain in a set at tonight’s 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.
Surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic haven’t played together in nearly two decades—save a few one-offs and Novoselic’s appearance on the latest Foo Fighters album—but will perform a new song they’ve been working on with McCartney.
According to the article, McCartney’s spokesperson said Grohl asked him to play recently and the music icon found himself playing with the whole band—including guitarist Pat Smear, who toured with the band near the end of its run and is also a member of Foo Fighters.
“I didn’t really know who they were,” McCartney was quoted in the article. “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.”
12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief will bring together the likes of the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and as the above proves, much, much more. It begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST and will broadcast live on select television networks and in select theaters. It will also stream online.