Sirvana" strikes again: Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana
once again united to perform their new collaboration, "Cut Me Some Slack," on
"Saturday Night Live" on Saturday.
Three days after unveiling the collaboration between the former Beatle and
the 90s alt-rock gods at "12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief," Macca made
the most of his fourth appearance as the "SNL" musical guest by inviting Dave
Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear onstage to perform the new cut.
"Cut Me Some Slack" retained the unrelenting guitar buzz that marked its
"12-12-12" debut, as Grohl banged the living hell out of his kit and the rest of
the supergroup dutifully produced an ax racket. The words "Sound City" were
placed atop an amplifier, as a reminder to "SNL" viewers that "Cut Me Some
Slack" will appear on the soundtrack to Grohl's upcoming documentary of that
name. The studio version of "Cut Me Some Slack" is now available for download on
iTunes, while the "Sound City" track list boasts new (and not-yet-released)
collaborations between Grohl and artists like Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and
Corey Taylor. The soundtrack is due out Mar. 12, 2013.
Along with "Cut Me Some Slack," McCartney performed "My Valentine," from his
recent covers LP "Kisses on the Bottom." With a grand piano in front of him and
a towering Christmas tree at his back, McCartney was joined onstage by the
Eagles' Joe Walsh, who carried the song's nimble guitar solo.
Along with the holiday-themed festivities, "Saturday Night Live" acknowledged
Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn. by featuring the New York City
Children's Chorus performing "Silent Night" in the cold open. Hosted by Martin
Short, the "SNL" episode also featured appearances by Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon
and Samuel L. Jackson.