As suspicious as yesterday’s earliest reports of Paul McCartney fronting a reunion of Nirvana’s surviving members sounded, that is precisely what happened near the end of last night’s seemingly interminable 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief. It’s easy to poke fun at this unholy union of baby boomer legend and Gen X punks, but to our great relief, “Sirvana” didn’t embarrass anyone. Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and touring Nirvana guitarist/founding Germs guitarist Pat Smear took the stage for a single song midway through McCartney’s show-closing set.
The track they performed was indeed the new composition Sir Paul teased in interview snippets yesterday, and while it won’t be a classic, it found some perfectly enjoyable middle ground between The Beatles, Nirvana, McCartney’s solo work, and Foo Fighters in the lingua franca of rock. Although some surely wondered what it would be like to see a Beatle perform “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” we’re firmly of the opinion that everyone’s legacy benefited from the decision not to play any Nirvana songs, and couldn’t be happier about how the reunion actually went down.