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Dec122012

Paul McCartney to Play with Nirvana Members, Roger Waters to Perform with Eddie Vedder at Tonight's "12.12.12" Concert

Photo: Brantley GutierrezTonight's star-studded benefit show at New York City's Madison Square Garden, 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, apparently is set to feature some mind-blowing onstage collaborations.  According to The Guardian, Paul McCartney will step into the late Kurt Cobain's shoes and jam with the surviving members of Nirvana.

The newspaper reports that ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who also is on the 12.12.12 concert bill, recently asked the Beatles legend if he'd like to "jam with some mates."  Those mates turned out to be former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear, who also is a member of Grohl's current group, Foo Fighters.  Novoselic recently contributed to the latest Foo Fighters album, but he and Grohl haven't performed together in public since Cobain's death in 1994.

McCartney explained that when he got to the rehearsal session, "I didn't really know who they were.  They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said, 'Whoa?  You guys haven't played together for all that time?'"

Sir Paul added, "Somebody whispered to me: 'That's Nirvana.  You're Kurt.'  I couldn't believe it."

According to The Guardian, the collective ended up putting together a new tune that they plan to play at the big show this evening.

Meanwhile, founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters visited NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, and revealed some of his plans for the 12.12.12 concert.

"We're doing a little bit of The Wall and a little bit of Dark Side of the Moon," said Waters.  He added that he'll finish his set with a performance of "Comfortably Numb" that will feature Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on vocals.

Other performers at tonight's show include The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi.  The event gets under way at 7:30 p.m. ET, and will air live on a variety TV stations across the globe, as well as stream online at 121212Concert.org and select other websites.

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