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Paul McCartney to Front Nirvana Reunion at 12-12-12 Concert

Another big-name act has been added to the ever-growing talent roster at tonight's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief in New York City.

That big-name act is Nirvana, and they'll be backing Sir Paul McCartney.

The Telegraph in London reports that Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic, along with unofficial fourth member Pat Smear, will back McCartney on a brand-new song.

"It is a new song that's kind of 'Helter Skelter' meets 'Scentless Apprentice,'" said Novoselic on his official Twitter account. "It rocks with a heavy groove."

It will be the first time the surviving members of the pioneering grunge band have played together in 20 years, with or without a former Beatle behind the mic.

Grohl, Novoselic and Smear worked on the track with McCartney in a studio session after McCartney called Grohl, who asked him to come along to “jam with some mates."

“I didn’t really know who they were,” McCartney told The Sun. “They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said, ‘Whoa? You guys haven’t played together for all that time? And somebody whispered to me, ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

Original Nirvana frontman and grunge icon, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in 1994. The band dissolved thereafter and Grohl formed Foo Fighters.

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which will take place at Madison Square Garden, will feature Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, The Who, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen, McCartney, Grohl and Bon Jovi, to name just a few. Proceeds from the event will aid the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The concert will be televised and streamed live; check local listings for participating TV channels, and head here for a list of websites that will be streaming the event.

For more information about the concert, and to donate, visit

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.