Watch Nirvana & Paul McCartney Debut “Cut Me Some Slack” At 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Michael Nelson | December 13, 2012 - 10:58 am

So last night the unthinkable happened: Paulvana, Nirmacca, Nicartney — whatever they’re calling themselves (Abomination is taken) — performed at the 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden. It should go without saying that my criticism/cynicism here is strictly musical and cultural: Whatever fresh hell occurred last night was very much in the service of a worthy cause and you should by all means donate. But musically and culturally? Man, I thought it was pretty banal at best, and gross at worst.

Sir Paul led into the performance telling a variation of the same anecdote the Guardian quoted yesterday: “So recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them. So I showed up, like you do, ready to jam, and in the middle of it, these guys kept saying, ‘We haven’t played together for years.’ The penny finally dropped — I finally understood that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.” Sounds totally plausible! Then after introducing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, the band launched into a new song, “Cut Me Some Slack,” which — despite tight and enthusiastic performances all around — was a slog by any standard, particularly the ones set by, y’know, the Beatles and Nirvana. Again, very worthy cause, and if it takes such theatrics to get people to donate to Sandy relief, then you do what you gotta do.

Of course, McVana only did the one song; Paul did a short set of his own, as did Springsteen, Roger Waters (including a duet with Eddie Vedder on “Comfortably Numb”), Bon Jovi, Clapton, the Stones, Alicia Keys, Kanye, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, the Who, and Adam Sandler with Paul Schaffer, who performed a rewritten version of “Hallelujah.” Full setlist and video of the Nu-Fab Four below.

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear

Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi

Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder

The Rolling Stones

The Who

Kanye West

Billy Joel

Chris Martin & Michael Stipe

THE 12.12.12 SETLIST

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Land of Hope and Dreams”
“Wrecking Ball”
“My City in Ruins” › “Working on a Building” › “Jersey Girl”
“Born to Run” with Jon Bon Jovi

Roger Waters
“Another Brick in the Wall”
“Money”
“Us and Them”
“Comfortably Numb” with Eddie Vedder

Adam Sandler with Paul Schaffer
rewrite of “Hallelujah”

Bon Jovi
“It’s My Life”
“Wanted Dead or Alive”
“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Bruce Springsteen
“Living on a Prayer”

Eric Clapton
“Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out”
“Got to get Better in a Little While”
“Crossroads”

Rolling Stones
“You Got Me Rocking”
“Jumpin Jack Flash”

Alicia Keys
“Brand New Me”
“No One”

The Who
“Who are You”
“Bellboy”
“Pinball Wizard” › “See Me, Feel Me”
“Baba O’Riley”
“Tea & Theatre”

Kanye West
Abbreviated versions of:
“Clique”
“Mercy”
“Power”
“Jesus Walks”
“Run This Town”
“Diamonds From Sierra Leone”
“Touch the Sky”
“Gold Digger”
“Good Life”
“Runaway”
“Stronger”

Billy Joel
“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)”
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“New York State of Mind”
“River of Dreams”
“You May Be Right”
“Only the Good Die Young”

Chris Martin
“Viva la Vida”
“Losing My Religion” with Michael Stipe
“Us Against The World”

Paul McCartney
“Helter Skelter”
“Let Me Roll It”
“Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five”
“My Valentine” with Diana Krall
“Blackbird”
“Cut Me Some Slack” with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
“I Got a Feeling”
“Live and Let Die”

Alicia Keys
“Empire State of Mind”