Can you feel the love, New York? No matter what their passports say, U.K.’s top rock stars claimed N.Y. native status Wednesday night. From British knights to aging bad boys, Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Chris Martin, Roger Waters and The Who all jammed on-stage at the 12-12-12 monster music telethon to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
“I love New York!” McCartney declared as he launched into “Helter Skelter,” “Blackbird” and “I’ve Got a Feeling” along with his solo hits “Live and Let Die,” “Let Me Roll It” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.”
Britain’s darling son then recalled how “recently some guys asked me to jam with them.” That terribly kept secret turned out to be a holy grail team-up with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic. Although it wasn’t “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the impromptu band some jokers called “Sir-Vana” performed an all-new song called “Cut Me Some Slack.”
It’s from an upcoming documentary Grohl has been shooting about the historic Sound City studio in Los Angeles. (“Sound City” the movie is expected to debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.)
With McCartney getting all the love, it was hard not to wonder about the whereabouts of fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr. Even Ringo’s son, professional drummer Zak Starkey, spent years playing with The Who, who also took the Madison Square Garden stage to sing “Who are You,” “Pinball Wizard” and “See Me, Feel Me.”
The evening of mind-blowing mashups also included Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen belting out “Born to Run,” Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder sitting in on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and Coldplay’s Chris Martin and REM’s Michael Stipe freestyling on “Losing My Religion.”
To donate to Sandy relief, visit www.121212concert.org. What were your favorite concert moments? Watch the Paul McCartney/Nirvana performance below …