May 7, 2012

Ad-Rock responds to death of Adam Yauch (VIDEO)

A memorial for Adam Yauch on New York’s Avenue A. (Brad Barket - GETTY IMAGES)

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.

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“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.
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