Tag: Adam Yauch
Adam Yauch aka MCA of The Beastie Boys has died at 47. R.I.P. MCA...you don't gotta fight for your right to party anymore. you can party every day if you want to now. Beastie Boys and MCA were originators and innovators. The rock/rap hybrid thing started with them and Run DMC/Aerosmith's version of 'Walk This Way'. I'm so glad Beasties were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before he died.
MCA announced back in 2009 that he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node, which he underwent surgery and radiation therapy for. MCA was a no show at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremonies last month in Cleveland, and speculation was that he wasn't doing well at that time. He had became a vegan upon recomendation of his Tibetan doctors.
Yauch was born an only child in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frances and Noel Yauch, a painter and architect. Throughout high school, he taught himself to play the bass guitar. The Beasties first show, then still a hardcore punk band, while still attending Edward R. Murrow High School in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Beastie Boys were formed in 1979.
Yauch attended Bard College for two years before dropping out. Two years later, at the age of 22, the Beastie Boys, now performing as a hip-hop trio, released their first album Licensed to Ill on Def Jam Records. He is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 47.
I will never forget the excitment 'You Gotta Fight (For Your Right To Party)' and 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn' brought to music and how it resonated with me. 'Sabotage' was another favorite of mine. MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock had a profound effect on music and video in general. They brought a whole new audience to the scene, and were respected by rockers and rappers alike. Here's a report: www.tmz.com
After a tumultuous few weeks that saw both Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and then Rod Stewart (from strep throat) bail from attending Guns N’ Roses and Faces/Small Faces inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band members who showed up to accept the honors did it with style.
The show kicked off with Green Day, who did a version of the 'American Idiot' track 'Letterbomb.' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner followed shortly after addressing the crowd, saying: "I believe in the magic of rock and roll. That magic can set you free. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you've entered a place where magic happens."
Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top inducted the first honoree of the evening, the late blues guitarist Freddie King. King's daughter, Wanda, spoke warmly and shared stories about her father. "He inspired so many young blues artists," she said. "I remember going to a show when I was 14 and meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. He said to my dad, 'How can I play the blues like you?' My dad said, 'If you don't feel the blues, you'll never play the blues.'" Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks followed, jamming on the King songs 'Hideaway' and 'Going Down.'John Mellencamp inducted Donovan next, saying, "He was my inspiration. I wouldn't just listen to Donovan. I would live Donovan, which means I was stealing all my shit from Donovan. Other artists – and you know who you guys are – called that being inspired." Donovan accepted his induction, reading a short poem, then played "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman" before duetting with Mellencamp on "Season of the Witch."
Bette Midler then inducted Laura Nyro, with Sara Bareilles honoring Nyro with 'Stoney End' on the piano. In the non-performer catagories Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, who in her early days was her boss and mentor during her days as a Brill Building songwriter in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Darlene Love perfomed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, who she had a familiarity with due to her many performances on 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Robbie Robertson also presented the Award For Musical Excellence to Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Jones and Tom Dowd later in the evening. Mid-show Smokey Robinson inducted the Blue Caps (who backed Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles, who backed Robinson for the first two decades of his career. The surviving members of all six groups took the stage together, giving credit to these deserving legends for their huge role in rock history.
Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J both inducted the Beastie Boys. "They still are one of the greatest live acts in music. They challenged the conventions in the music business and made up their own rules about what it means to be world class hip-hop cats...They always insisted (on) maturing as musicians and human beings," said Chuck D. LL Cool J said that he owes his entire career to the Beasties. "I wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room. A lot of people don't know that."
Adam Horowitz read the audience a letter from Yauch. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."
The lengthy introduction of Guns N' Roses from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did include a reference to Rose, and although he didn’t actually say his name, the inference made the crowd boo. “No, shut the f–k up, shut up, shut up!” Armstrong chided the 7,000 people in attendance. “This man’s a bad ass f–king singer. He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone … Hey, most singers are crazy — I can vouch for that.” Slash said, “The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on."
Slash admitted that all the drama almost caused him to stay home as well. He then thanked his wife for talking him into attending, saying, “I was like f-k it, but she said ‘Go and do it with the guys,’ and I said ‘You’re right.’” McKagan declared himself “overwhelmed” at the honor of the induction and added, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.” Sorum, who gently teased Adler for somehow managing to get fired from GnR for a drug addiction, said, “I want to thank the other bandmates that aren’t here tonight [and tell them] that I love and respect them and I’m honored to have been on stage playing music with them.” And Adler’s very brief speech quoted a key line from Queen‘s ‘We Are the Champions’: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”
Singer Myles Kennedy (Slash/Alter Bridge) took the mic for the three-song Guns N' Roses set with Slash, Gilby Clarke and drummers Matt Sorum and Steven Adler. They jammed on the Guns classics ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who has performed with a reunited Faces on tour, joined the band on 'Ooh La La' and 'Stay With Me.' Ron Wood rocked like he is ready for a Rolling Stones tour right now and was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones.
The Roots, along with Kid Rock and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes performed a medley of Beastie classics, including 'Sabotage' and 'So What'cha Want.' Rock, Black Thought and McCoy all wore matching green Adidas track suits.
Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at 12:30 a.m. to induct the last act of the night, Red Hot Chili Peppers and he couldn’t resist poking fun at Rose’s notorious habit of tardiness. “A lot of people are upset that Axl didn’t come tonight,” Rock said. “But let’s face it. Even if he was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here by now.” He went on to explain that he first saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he tried to see Grandmaster Flash in Philadelphia, but walked into the wrong club. "My friends and I were like, 'What the fuck is this shit? There's a lot of white people in here,'" Rock said. "They came out and I couldn't understand a fucking word they said, and they had socks on their dicks! I had never been to a white show before, so I thought all white groups put socks on their dicks. Years later, they're one of the biggest groups in the world and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have black ties on their dicks tonight."
Former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were part of the induction, and 1:00 a.m., the group (with three drummers) did a three-song set of 'By the Way,' 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' and 'Give It Away.' "I haven't played with Cliff in 25 years!" Flea said to the crowd. "He's a beautiful man."
At the end of 'Give It Away,' Anthony Kiedis invited everyone back to the stage. Slash, Ron Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Jones and even audience member George Clinton packed the stage for Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.' The five-and-a-half hour show wrapped up at 1:30 a.m. A condensed two and a half hour broadcast of the show will air on HBO on Saturday, May 5th.
Rock Picks of the Week: Beastie Boys, 30 Seconds To Mars, Journey, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, The Smithereens
You've seen the teaser videos, now here it is...the full 30 minute mini-movie from The Beastie Boys. The Brooklyn-bred rap group finally revisits their first mega-hit, "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" in this star-filled, action-packed short set in the wild mid-80's period that saw their star skyrocket. A semi-autobiographical bit with plenty of foul language and casual destruction, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood and Seth Rogen star as the Beasties, with Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly mirroring them as their older selves. Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon play annoyed adults who just had their house smashed in by a party.
The list of bit players is even more impressive: Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Adam Scott, Rainn Wilson, Ted Danson, Roman Coppola, Steve Buscemi, Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzmann, Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Kirsten Dunst, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, and Martin Starr.
Set to coincide with the release of their long-anticipated new album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two," the film also features cameos from the real Beasties Adam Yauch (who directed), Adam Horovitz and Mike D. Of course, they feature as cops.
30 Seconds To Mars "This Is War", the title track to their album of the same name. The band has released multiple videos from "This is War", and the visual aspects and message of this match what the band is doing musically.
30 Seconds To Mars are touring the U.S, into June, then they will hit Croatia, Austria, Netherlands, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, Germany, and finally the U.K. The tour will wrap up with the Leeds Festival on August 27th.
Duff McKagan's Loaded "Dead Skin". The song comes off the group's new album, "The Taking", which was just released on April 19 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The CD was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (Soundgaden, Pantera, Deftones). The new video for "Dead Skin" was filmed at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, and features Duff’s beautiful wife Susan Holmes McKagan taking her clothes off. Check it out.
Journey are back with a great sounding track that fits right in with some of the bands bigger arena anthems. "City Of Hope" comes from the dynamic new album "Eclipse".
Journey recently toured Latin America in front of packed audiences. Following shows in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima and Caracas, Journey also played dates in Guatemala, Panama and Mexico. "Eclipse" will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 24th exclusively at Walmart. The 12 tracks were written over the past 18 months by the core team of guitarist Neal Schon and keyboard player Jonathan Cain, with collaboration from singer Arnel Pineda.
To follow the release of "Eclipse", Journey will launch the "Eclipse Tour" with Foreigner, and special guest Nightranger, beginning July 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fans can expect to hear new songs from "Eclipse" as well as classics such as "Don't Stop Believin'", "Any Way You Want It", "Faithfully", "Lights", "Separate Ways", "Wheel In The Sky", and many more.
Good to have The Smithereens back!
Pat DiNizio (Vocals, rhythm guitar), Jim Babjak (Lead guitar, vocals), Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion (Bass guitar, vocals)
and Dennis Diken (Drums, percussion) have just released a new album "Smithereens 2011" on April 5th, and the first single is called "Sorry". The sound is all Smithereens, and it's all good--check it out.