Krist Novoselic Was Afraid To Play Bass For Paul McCartney

Krist Novoselic Was Afraid To Play Bass For Paul Mccartney

Former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic has revealed that he feared playing bass for Beatles member Paul McCartney.

During a recent interview with Bass Player, Novoselic explained, “I said, ‘Dude, I’ll walk there from Washington if I have to.’ So I flew down and we were standing around figuring out what to do, and I kept thinking, ‘Please don’t make me play bass guitar; please don’t make me play bass. That’s like being asked to do karate with Bruce Lee – you’re going to get your ass kicked. ‘Yep, I’m going boxing.’ ‘Who’s your sparring partner?’ ‘Muhammad Ali.’ ‘Good luck with that!’ … So of course he asked me to play bass.”

Apparently, McCartney was playing a cigar-box guitar, Pat Smear was on a standard guitar while Dave Grohl played the drums, but Novoselic said the sound “wasn’t working for us. … Then I realized we were playing in D, so I did the old grunge trick and I drop-tuned my bass to D. I played some riffs and boom! Paul got into it, Pat was feeling it, and Dave laid down some serious grooves. Then Paul shot me a riff and I shot him a riff, and everything started clicking perfectly.”

Grohl suggested the collab as part of his Sound City documentary following Nirvana’s 2012 song, “Cut Me Some Slack,” with McCartney.