At last night’s 12/12/12 benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Paul McCartney brought Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear on stage for a new song titled “Cut Me Some Slack.” It was the centerpiece of a set dominated by Macca’s more hard-edged Beatles, Wings and solo material such as “Helter Skelter,” “Let Me Roll It,” “I Got a Feeling” and “Live and Let Die.”
This event was bound to be loaded with emotions and fraught attitudes on all fronts. There are people who will not accept McCartney rocking out, though he always did have the chops for it and the songs to prove it. Beyond that, there are the hard-liners who believe that Grohl, Novoselic and Smear have no business playing together without Kurt Cobain, even if the person filling that space is one of the most formidable talents in the history of rock music and one of Cobain’s idols. Count with them the people who will dismiss this as a kind of Audioslave-like situation where the sum is lesser than the parts.
But I think this is needed and has potential for something cool. McCartney’s been talking about doing a hard rock album with Dave Grohl since he heard the Them Crooked Vultures album, and especially after Foo Fighters released “Wasting Light.” Grohl is a fan, and has covered “Band on the Run.” Novoselic needs to be doing something beyond public policy, and Smear is a national treasure.
Yes, more of this should happen. The harder stuff from Macca’s past sounded great with “Cut Me Some Slack.” Do this — don’t call it Nirvana, but do this.