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Paul McCartney the grunge rocker

December 13, 2012 - Ron Deuter
I watched most of the five-plus hours long 12.12.12 Sandy Relief Concert Wednesday evening.

Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney were among the performers. — almost like a who’s who of the Rock Hall of Fame.

I could have done without Kanye West, who wore a black leather skirt.

The show served as fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy and was broadcast live on dozens of channels in this country and another couple dozen more across the globe. — thus the reason for the lineup of graying musicians, to appeal to an audience with the deepest pockets.

I tuned in because I wanted to see the Stones and McCartney. The Stones delivered, but only played a couple songs, leaving me wanting more. But I suppose with most members of the band around 70 years old, you get what you get.

McCartney opened with a Beatles classic, “Helter Skelter.” He also pulled out additional Beatles hits with “Blackbird” and “I’ve got a Feeling.” He nailed them all.

But the biggest thrill came when he was joined on stage by the three surviving members of grunge pioneers Nirvana reuniting for the first time since the death of Kurt Cobain — nearly 20 years ago. They debuted a song called “Cut Me Some Slack.” McCartney sang and played a slide guitar. The song was heavy, hard and McCartney — at age 70 — tore it apart vocally. I’ve always referred McCartney the rock voice versus McCartney the pop voice, and this new song didn’t disappoint.



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