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Dave Grohl: Collaboration with Paul McCartney Was Written, Recorded in Three Hours

According to Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, "Cut Me Some Slack," his recently released collaboration with Paul McCartney, took about three hours to write and record.

"We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere," Grohl told KROQ. "The best songs happen that way. We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect."

Grohl added that McCartney was "just the sweetest, nicest, most awesome person."

McCartney, Grohl and his former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, performed the song twice in 2012: once at the 12.12.12 Concert at New York's Madison Square Garden and then three days later on Saturday Night Live.

"Cut Me Some Slack" is from Sound City — Real to Reel, the soundtrack to Grohl's new documentary about Sound City studios in southern California, where several classic albums, including Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Nirvana's Nevermind, were recorded. You can hear the studio version of the song below.

Eight months later, Grohl asked McCartney if he would play the track at the 12-12-12 gig. "You have to understand, one of the great things about playing with Paul McCartney or playing with Neil Young is that that generation of musicians, they cherish and respect and value the practice of just going into a room and coming up with something and jamming and making it a song," Grohl said. "There’s not like seven songwriters and seven producers and digital technology or whatever. It’s like people getting in a room."

The Sound City soundtrack also features Grohl's collaboration with Skipknot's Corey Taylor, "From Can To Can't," which we posted yesterday. You can hear it here.

Grohl's Sound City Players will perform at the film's January 18 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The new band features Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett, Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Cheap Trick's Nielsen, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk and others.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.