'Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct Tour' Announced ~ LIVE music blogA part-eulogy, part-celebration of the groups' successful hip-hop career. Any fears of this being a cash-in are evaporated by the end of the evening, this was truly a labour of love. Of course, the often outrageous and playful members were never going to cuddle up on a sofa and just read out chapters. Instead we, the audience were treated to a piece of performance art. One which combined the characteristics of a play, a live comedy set, a DJ performance from longtime friend and collaborator Mix Master Mike.
Ad-Rock & Mike D Announce Beastie Boys: Live & Direct Book Tour
There were laughs. There was dancing. And there were tears — both on stage and off. Since then, The Beastie Boys have refused to perform together, arguing that with a member missing there is no Beastie Boys. This short tour, stopping in a few key cities around the world, is therefore the nearest thing fans have had to a Beastie Boys show in six years. But their heads were turned by the burgeoning hip hop scene, and soon they found themselves rubbing shoulders with Run DMC, Russell Simmons, The Fat Boys and Rick Rubin, touring with Madonna and taking moral outrage around the world.
The Beastie Boys formed as a hardcore punk group in and gradually morphed into a rap trio, which scored multiplatinum success with their debut album Licensed to Ill. With their new book, the two Beasties offer funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album Licensed to Ill that became the first hip-hop record ever to hit No.
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