It must really be the end of the world: Sir Paul McCartney, only surviving member of The Beatles, vegetarian, knighted by Her Majesty The Queen of England in 1997, is to replace Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana reunion gig for the Sandy superstorm relief concert.
McCartney, I remind you is 70 years old and despite having a dangerous concentration of Botox in his body, still looks more and more like Tales From The Crypt’s Crypt-keeper.
Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, credited as being the mastermind behind the 1990s Grunge movement out of Seattle, committed suicide in 1994 after struggling with heroin addiction, depression and other illnesses.
Am I the only one who detects a slight discrepancy here? While musically speaking The Beatles have long been replaced by a long line of other British bands like Duran Duran in the 1980s, Oasis and Blur in the 1990s and early 2000s and more recently by Kasabian, Nirvana is much closer to bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or Green Day.
Musically speaking I don’t see any professional singer less qualified than Sir Paul to perform “In Bloom” or “Lithium” and even if Kurt Cobain declared The Beatles as one of his biggest influences, it hardly shows in his music.
In fact, as a songwriter and musician myself, I think Mick Jagger would have a better chance of doing right than Sir Paul. And I say this even though I preferred Mick Jagger as an actor in Freejack, than in any of his songs.
I swear, if at any point during their gig, Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic burst into a Beatle song, you’ll hear the rioting from the Arctic circle all the way to Antartica. 2012 anyone?