Dave Grohl Explains How He Paul McCartney Collaboration Happened

(Radio.com) Dave Grohl's latest project is his new documentary Sound City, which tells the story of the storied L.A. recording studio of the same name. The project has brought him together with a long list of rock stars, both for interviews in the film and music-making for its soundtrack. And one of them happens to be a Beatle.

One of the most widely-discussed live performances of 2012 was something dubbed "Sir-vana" the surviving members of Nirvana (Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) + Sir Paul McCartney. At the 12-12-12 Concert, the group performed a new song titled "Cut Me Some Slack," which makes "Helter Skelter" sound about as hard as "Love Me Do." The song is the first single from the Sound City soundtrack, Reel To Reel.

Speaking with KROQ's morning show Kevin & Bean, Grohl explained how "Cut Me Some Slack" came together. As Grohl notes, he's jammed with Paul "a bunch of times" (the 2012 and 2009 GRAMMYs, among other times over the years), so when he called up Paul to jam about eight months ago while working on Sound City, Macca came right down.

"As we were filming all of these performances, I was just like, 'Hey dude, why don't you come down and jam?'," Grohl said. "He's like, 'OK.' He comes down and he brings the bass that he's played for 40 years and the Les Paul that there's only four of in the world. And then he brings his guitar made out of a cigar box it's called a cig-fiddle. And he's like (in a British accent), 'Oh I think I'll play this, why don't you play a bit of drums?' And we just jammed, and we wrote this song in about and hour and recorded it. We walked in, we jammed it. It came out of nowhere the best songs happen that way. We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect." A lot more here.

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