When “Nirvana” is trending on Twitter, you can be sure something bizarre is happening. Rumors broke Monday morning that former Beatles great Paul McCartney will be playing alongside the surviving members of the Seattle grunge band, Nirvana. Nirvana broke into the music industry in the mid 1990s featuring its edgy grunge sound and grainy voice of its now-deceased lead singer, Kurt Cobain.
McCartney will play with Nirvana at a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. According to the New York Daily News, the lineup includes Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.
Reactions on Twitter were mixed. Some Tweeters applauded the pairing, while others claimed it was the sign of the apocalypse.
Mock if you wish, because this could be a disaster in 100 ways. But that’s what makes it cool — willing to be uncool. nydailynews.com/entertainment/…
— tommy tomlinson (@tommytomlinson) December 12, 2012
— Here Comes Brooklyn (@hrcomesbrooklyn) December 12, 2012
Really looking forward to some Nirvana tunes being re-imagined as vaudevillian piano rags with huge orchestra swells
— Michael (@GarthBrokes) December 12, 2012
I’m happy about this McCartney/Nirvana thing because it stopped all those 12/12/12 tweets and status updates dead in their tracks.
— Chris DeFusco (@ChrisDeFusco) December 12, 2012
Settle down. McCartney fronting the Nirvana reunion will not change the world or harm puppies. It’s a once off. Eager to see how it sounds.
— Lee Thomas (@LeeThomasWriter) December 12, 2012
Somewhere Kurt Cobain is just as confused as we are. guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec…
— Jesse Wilks (@MeanTangerine) December 12, 2012
No, no, no, look, I KNOW you all THINK it’s not the end of the world but I’m 99% sure this is proof it is guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec…
— Simon Jenkin (@Simonjenkin) December 12, 2012
Paul, you better get away from Nirvana right now. Your voice is whiny and annoying, Kurt’s is raspy and beautiful.
— Jessica McKenney (@JessicaMcKenney) December 12, 2012
Nirvana – Smells Like A Corny Old Fart Gatecrashing Another Party
— JS. (@joshvasmith) December 12, 2012
— Agnieszka Jagla (@AgJagla) December 12, 2012
And for a little perspective:
If you’re truly upset about McCartney playing with surviving Nirvana members FOR CHARITY, you need more important things to worry about.
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) December 12, 2012
Tweeters also got creative with a #nirvanabeatlessongs hashtag.
I Wanna Hold Your Joint #nirvanabeatlessongs
— Steven Ertelt (@StevenErtelt) December 12, 2012
Heart-Shaped Box to Hide Your Love Away #nirvanabeatlessongs
— Brokelyn (@Brokelyn) December 12, 2012
Smells Like We’re All Living in a Yellow Submarine.#nirvanabeatlessongs
— James (@xcalibar25) December 12, 2012
Her Majesty Pennyroyal Tea #nirvanabeatlessongs
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) December 12, 2012
Lucy in the Sky with the Man Who Sold the World. #nirvanabeatlessongs
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 12, 2012
Nice work, Twitter. The concert is for charity, so here’s to hoping it is a huge success.