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The rumors were true: Paul McCartney did actually join the remaining members of Nirvana last night to rock a brand new song, "Cut Me Some Slack," for the 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. My only takeaway? Dave Grohl still kills it on drums. Was Paul McCartney even singing? I didn't notice.
And if you didn't experience the global event last night, here's what you missed:
- A New Jersey dream-sequence-come-true with Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi sharing the stage for the Boss's "Born to Run" and JBJ's "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" The two rockers are basically neighbors on the Jersey Shore, living in the same county and going to the same beaches (which have since been pillaged by Sandy), and looked like schoolboy BFFs on stage.
- Adam Sandler adapting Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as a New York rally cry—with the refrain "Sandy, screw ya!"
- Eric "Slowhand" Clapton showing he's still got it.
- The Rolling Stones don't.
- Brian Williams, reporting live from the telethon phone bank, with the line of the night: "You can't swing a dead cat in here without hitting a celebrity." Ben Stiller's deadpan reply: "You know how to turn a phrase."
- Kanye West rocking a hoodie and a black leather Givenchy skirt/kilt over leather pants. Many referred to this portion of the program as "the bathroom break."