NPR.org full album stream: First Listen: Dave Grohl & Friends, ‘Sound City: Real To Reel’
Kind of over Dave Grohl Sound City interviews by now, but this British GQ Q&A is a cut above: Dave Grohl on Barry Manilow, Metallica and reuniting with Nirvana
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The collaboration came out of the Sound City film that was produced and directed by Dave. He asked me if I wanted to play with him, Pat and Paul? I said YES! It was a wonderful day—Paul came in with this cigar box guitar and started playing some mean slide on it. He said it was in a ‘D.’ Hearing that, Grunge instincts took over my left hand and I dropped the E on the bass to D. Pat and Dave got into it and the tune took shape. Paul flashed a riff and we picked it up. I busted another one out and everyone picked it up. Things started coming together.
It was so exciting to play with Paul. I became seized with thoughts, for I hadn’t played like that with Pat or Dave since the last Nirvana show in 1994. Wow, it was emotionally and musically heavy! Some other things brought me back; there was a Lefty on guitar who was a heck of a songwriter. Anyway, words can’t really describe it and I returned to the task at hand. A new song was born! And that’s about it. That’s all it is—a new song by some players who have doing it for a while.
Apparently the real Courtney Love has replied to my Facebook post on her initial reaction to the “Nirvana reunion.”
The Sun is reporting that Paul McCartney will “front a Nirvana reunion” at the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit tonight. Rumor has it they’ll be playing a new song, not Nirvana material, so—even overlooking the absence of Kurt—calling it a “Nirvana reunion” is a stretch. And it’s not like Grohl, Novoselic and Smear haven’t all played together in recent years.
Also, the story’s quotes from Macca sound totally fake: “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?’ And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”