The news of the death of Adam Yauch — the Beastie Boy who dropped rhymes as MCA and died of cancer on Friday at the age of 47 — hit many people hard over the weekend. Certainly few were hit harder than Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock) and Mike Diamond (Mike D), Yauch’s co-conspirators in the fight for the right to party.
Ad-Rock posted a message on the Beastie Boys’ blog Sunday night, thanking fans for all the condolences and appreciations expressed in Yauch’s honor.
“as you can imagine, [expletive] is just [expletive] up right now,” he wrote. “but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him.”
That was only one of several MCA tributes that took place — at major events, on television and on the Internet — over the weekend. Here’s a round-up of a few of the more memorable shout-outs to the man who had a license to ill.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers pay homage
As Billboard noted, the Chili Peppers — who, like the Beastie Boys, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few weeks ago — tossed some instrumental Beastie Boys covers (including “So What’cha Want”) into their Friday night set at Newark, N.J.’s Prudential Center. Frontman Anthony Kiedies also wore a shirt with the name MCA printed on the back.
So does Coldplay
During their Friday night performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Coldplay did a cover of “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party).” Not surprisingly, this led to the expression of strong, diverging opinions online from those who either thought this was blasphemy or a nice tribute to a fellow musician. Admittedly, hearing Chris Martin sing this song won’t inspire anyone to drink beer and get raucous, though it could lead to the consumption of green tea while overwhelmed with a sense of melancholia. Under the circumstances of Yauch’s death, though, that’s not entirely inappropriate.
The New York Mets devote their starting line-up to Yauch
In a class move by the baseball team, the announcement of every player during Friday night’s game was accompanied by a different Beastie Boys track.
Jimmy Fallon and the Roots offer their appreciation
During Friday’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” the host acknowledged Yauch’s passing, as did the Roots, who played Beastie Boys tracks during the show's musical interludes. (The Roots performed during the Boys’ induction into the Rock Hall.)
Fallon’s Web site also posted this clip from a 2009 Beastie Boys appearance as a way to pay respect.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction broadcast
In a timely coincidence, HBO scheduled the premiere airing of April 14’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Saturday night. The broadcast featured a dedication in Yauch’s memory as well as footage of the two Beastie Boys we now know are the band’s surviving members, Ad-Rock and Mike D, accepting the honor minus Yauch. MCA was too sick to attend the ceremony, though his parents were in the audience and acknowledged during the Boys’ acceptance speech, which also featured an especially poignant letter of thanks from Yauch, read on his behalf by Horowitz. The special will be rebroadcast on HBO in case you missed it.
This awesome lost video from “Chapelle’s Show”
Finally, “Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan tweeted this gem Sunday night: a clip of the Beastie Boys performing “The New Style” for the third season of “Chappelle’s Show,” which, as we all know, did not end as planned. The segment never aired, but the clip, as well as Yauch’s memory, live on. (Note: There are a couple of NSFW profanities in the clip, so keep your headphones on or your volume on low.)