DAVE GROHL: ‘MAKING A NEW SONG WITH MCCARTNEY & NIRVANA WAS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE’

Published On February 24, 2013 | By Brett Buchanan | Featured, Grunge Report, Nirvana

Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl yet again discussed the Nirvana/Paul McCartney collaboration in a new inerview with GQ, “I asked if [Paul McCartney] would record a song for the Sound City movie and when he said yes I immediately called Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear from Nirvana and said ‘You guys! We’ve got to record a song with Paul! Can you imagine?’. The three of us having not recorded together with me on drums, Krist on bass and Pat on guitar since Nirvana. I thought this will be such a perfect way to do something exciting. So Paul showed up, Krist and Pat had never met him so of course they were terrified. We started jamming and within an hour it had turned into a song. Within two hours we had an arrangement. Within three hours we had a track recorded with vocals. It was a quick afternoon in the studio – very informal, no assistants, managers, helicopters, fireworks. The fact we were doing with that with Paul kept Krist, Pat and I from looking at each other and realizing that, as former members of Nirvana, this hadn’t happened in 20 years. We were halfway through the day and I looked over at Krist who was bouncing around like he usually does and looked at Pat and he was smiling and beating the shit out of his guitar – wow, it looked like Nirvana. It was a life moment for me. I think maybe people see bands and musicians as some sort of superhero unrealistic sport that happens in another dimension where it’s not real people and not real emotions. So, I grew up listening to Beatles records on my floor. That’s how I learned how to play guitar. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be a musician. To be as the same room making a new song with him, with my friends, with Nirvana, recording it on the board that’s responsible for Nevermind is without a doubt one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. It was way beyond a download or a CD or a video. It was so huge for me that fortunately it’s been documented.


Paul McCartney Feat. Nirvana – Cut Me Some… by IdolxMuzic

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  • michael

    Btw, paul mcartney sucks ass. RIP JOHN. you need to retire paul, you were great, stop already

  • Abe Froman

    This was pretty awesome to read.

    I tried watching Sound City last night, but the audio on my itunes was f’ed up. I have to wait for another download unfortunately. I can’t wait to watch it.

    Good find Brett, thanks.

  • Grunge Addict

    F**K Off Michhael, stop trolling, how can you say McCartney is Anything less than brilliant on this, the 2 performances of this song, the studio version, the fotage from sound city documentry..Hes all over it, he led the way the song went, his vocals are superbly strong…then you remmeber hes 70 years old!!!! ive seen the guy live 3 times and he has been amazing live every time…plays 35+ songs plays nearly 3 hrs and doesnt even take a sip of water…the guy is just as good as hes ever been….

  • Grungecaster 1

    Who would think the same guy who was in the greatest rock band of all times : THE BEATLES

    would later be joining up with the guys who were in NIRVANA??
    Can you imagine how Kurt Cobain would of thought of this collaboration back in 1992??? He wouldnt even think that NIRVANA were up there with the likes of SARGET PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND :)

    This is just silly , I agree, this was ONLY a one time event, now let it go Dave Grohl and focus on the Foo Fighters again ok?? As for this Nirvana reunion thing?? It will never truly be a reunion without the legacy of someone as talented as Kurt Cobain , just saying

  • Grungecaster 1

    Soundgarden with Mick Jagger , Under My Wave :)

  • Butthead

    Its not Nirvana, without Kurt Cobain. You don’t just make an album under a band name, without the frontman that made band who they were, whats wrong with you people??? Its like a Soundgarden album without Chris Cornell as the vocalist, or a Beatles album without John Lennon.

  • JBR

    I’m so tired of people saying Paul sucks-
    The people who say these things know nothing about The Beatles and music…
    So stupid.

  • http://nemsworld.com Christine

    Hey Dave, you making a song with McCartney was/is one of the most exciting things in MY life as well. There is a “Rock” God.

  • GenXLady

    Agree with JBR ^^^^^. Saying someone like Paul McCartney sucks is just dumb, or that he is old -so retire…lame. The Beatles had influence on many artists that came after them. They were influence trailblazers of a sort. To say that any new artist just has their own style or sound, like they were the first ones to create it is lame. Most all artists will talk about who influenced them, and that pattern repeats way back in music. To be able to play with Paul Mcartney is a huge thing for an artist today. Just because someone may not like the Beatles’ music today doesn’t mean that the music they do like wasn’t influenced by possibly the Beatles and others over time. Musicians owe thanks to strong musicians of the past. It is a paid forward thing that allows newer artists to continue to evolve.

  • drew

    i dig this lone tune and also love krist n!!!

  • Unglued

    Krist play the bass giitar, that is the key of this collaboration. Krist is the one of the main power of Nirvana. Also he made Nirvana with Kurt.

  • Chris Cornhole

    Ok we get it Dave, how much longer are you gonna harp on doing a song with sir Paul? Which sucked by the way. Nirvana hasn’t been relevant for years. It’s like beating a dead horse with this Nirvana and McCartney thing already. Foo Fighters are the most overrated band in music and Grohl can’t sing for shit

  • paulonious

    ok guys, Dave Grohl is like a kid in a candy store when he’s talking about this. He’s not a rock STAR. He’s a music FAN, first and foremost. You idiots should find this type of thing refreshing. He’s not bragging, he feels truly grateful and humbled by the experience. He’s very excitable, obviously.

    Nicest guy in rock.

  • JG566

    @Paulonious I agree.

    @Chriscornhole As a music fan alone I don’t understand how one can say that it “sucked.” And speaking of relevancy I’m pretty sure that Nirvana still draws in new fans to this day.. 19 years later. They were an awesome band and Dave was a part of it. I don’t see the problem with it.

  • Abe Froman

    paulonious said:
    ok guys, Dave Grohl is like a kid in a candy store when he’s talking about this. He’s not a rock STAR. He’s a music FAN, first and foremost. You idiots should find this type of thing refreshing. He’s not bragging, he feels truly grateful and humbled by the experience. He’s very excitable, obviously.

    Nicest guy in rock.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nail on the head Paulonious, he’s genuinely excited, like a little kid.

    I met him after a show, & he seemed interested & excited to hear about my concert experiences & was really gracious & cool.

    Nicest guy in rock x 10.

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