Wednesday night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy was plenty of things, but nothing short of epic. Clocking in at six hours, it had everything from Brit-rock pioneers to recombinations of grunge and collaborations galore. Here’s the five best moments that will have everyone talking for days to come.
1. Paul McCartney Resurrects Nirvana
“Recently, some guys asked me to go and jam with them … so I showed up, ready to jam … and in the middle of it these guys kept saying, ‘we haven’t played together for years,'” McCartney said, confirming the rumored Nirvana reunion. The former mop-top made the impossible happen, joining the trio’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl on a scraggly new rocker called “Cut Me Some Slack” that will appear in Grohl’s upcoming Sound City documentary.
2. Kanye West Dons a Leather Skirt
Mr. West performed a ferocious medley of hits; too bad the classic-rock loving crowd didn’t notice. Still, the real steal was this sweet leather skirt.
3. Michael Stipe Returns
“Everybody Hurts” would have been more fitting, but the dapper-looking Martin did a good-enough job of reworking Stipe’s ’90s-era classic “Losing My Religion.” Now where’s that Stipe solo album?
4. Bruce Springsteen Out-Muscles Bon Jovi
The Boss and his E Street Band were in fighting form last night, which suited the classic-rock loving crowd just fine. When the Jersey native charged into “Land of Hope and Dreams” and the gospel-tinged “Jersey Girl,” it was tempting not to break out the hanky. Still, the most riveting moment of all came when he hauled out Bon Jovi for “Born to Run” and showed up the Jersey Boy in every way possible.
5. Eddie Vedder Slays “Comfortably Numb”
All of these performances are headed to iTunes but if you spend your money on just one track, make it the Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder performance of “Comfortably Numb.” While a majority of the concert was just a classic rock head’s wet dream, Vedder’s performance was particularly powerful and breathed new life into this Pink Floyd staple.