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Nirvana With David Lee Roth? Not So Fast

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Following the recent spate of performances by the surviving members of Nirvana with Paul McCartney, to play a new song called “Cut Me Some Slack,” all kinds of speculation has arisen about whether there are any future plans in the offing for Nirvana despite the absence of the band’s late founder, Kurt Cobain.

The combo debuted the song at last week’s 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York City, then played it again this past weekend (December 15th) on Saturday Night Live, leading some Nirvana fans to criticize drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear for doing anything without Cobain.

Novoselic dismissed this in a video interview with The Daily Beast, saying, “Who asked you (the fans), first of all . . . the best was when they called it ‘Sirvana’ (Sir Paul + Nirvana). I thought that was really good.”

A clearly playful Novoselic said he would “absolutely” tour with McCartney on vocals, and asked if he would consider touring with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, Novoselic replied, “I love David Lee Roth. I would tour with David Lee Roth because I think he’s great. And it wouldn’t be some oldies review: if we put a band together and we were making music and we felt good about it — and there was that passion and that spark — I’d do it in a second.”

Notice that Novoselic did not say he’d call a band with either McCartney or Roth on vocals by the name Nirvana — but that hasn’t stopped the usual Internet frenzy from starting up.
A representative for Dave Grohl said — quite unsurprisingly — that he has no plans to take a new version of Nirvana on tour with a different frontman. calling rumors to that effect “nonsense.”

The “Cut Me Some Slack” collaboration was written and recorded for Grohl’s upcoming documentary, Sound City, which will premiere early next year.

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