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