Beastie Boys Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


30th March 2015

Quote: "She sounds like a really bad version of Da Brat." Beastie Boys star ADAM 'AD-ROCK' HOROVITZ is not a big fan of Iggy Azalea.


26th March 2015

Quote: "We're done. Adam Yauch started the band. It's not like a thing where we could continue without him." Beastie Boys star Adam Horovitz is adamant the rap band will not move forward without bandmate ADAM 'MCA' YAUCH, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012.


24th March 2015

Quote: "I went in for The Doors movie, with Oliver Stone. I was definitely stoned, and as I walked in I looked at him and I was like, 'You’re not going to cast me in this movie, right?' He’s like, 'No, I don’t think so'." Beastie Boys star ADAM 'AD-ROCK' HOROVITZ auditioned for a role in The Doors.


13th January 2015

Fact: Hip-hop veterans the Beastie Boys have finally shared the video for their Too Many Rappers track, four years after it was shot. The promo, directed by Roman Coppola, features late bandmate Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who died from cancer in 2012, and collaborator Nas. The song featured on the group's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two album, which hit retailers in 2011.


12th June 2012

Fact: Adam Horovitz will make his first public performance since the death of his Beastie Boys bandmate Adam Yauch at a benefit concert in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday (12Jun12). The gig is being held to raise money for the imprisoned members of Russian feminist band Pussy Riot, who were charged with hooliganism after performing a "punk prayer service" at a church in Moscow. Yauch, known as Mca, lost his cancer battle in May (12).


24th May 2012

Quote: "When we were in Los Angeles, doing (album) Paul's Boutique, he got this crazy apartment in Koreatown. And he made A Year and a Day. What happened to the three of us together and all that c**p... It was some heavy s**t. He rapped his a** off. Adam bought a jet pilot's helmet, rigged it with a microphone and recorded the song wearing that helmet." Beastie Boys star Adam Horovitz shares a fond memory of late bandmate Adam Yauch.


24th May 2012

Quote: "We recorded a few months ago. It wasn't any different from before. We spent more time making fart jokes and ordering food, which was true to form. That's why it always took so long for us to put records out." Beastie Boys star Adam Horovitz on his final recording session with late bandmate Adam Yauch.


18th May 2012

Fact: Graffiti artists have paid a fitting tribute to late Beastie Boys rapper Adam 'MCA' YAUCH by spray-painting the words "Mca Gratitude" on the side of a building in his native Brooklyn, New York.


5th May 2012

Tweet: "This morning I lost a great friend, a brother and a legendary bandmate, Adam Yauch. I will miss him so deeply." The Beastie Boys' longtime collaborator Mix Master Mike on the passing of Adam Yauch.


5th May 2012

Quote: "Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it's obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others. They are trailblazers and pioneers and Adam will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, Mike D, and Ad-Rock." Eminem pays tribute to late Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch, who died on Friday (04May12).


5th May 2012

Quote: "May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life." Rapper Jay Z honours Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch following his tragic death from cancer on Friday (04May12).


5th May 2012

Quote: "Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then 'til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I'm a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka Mca." Public Enemy star Chuck D responds to the passing of Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch on Friday (04May12).


5th April 2012

Fact: Beastie Boys star Adam 'AD-ROCK' HOROVITZ's playwright father Israel Horovitz was made a Commander of the Arts and Letters at the French Embassy in New York on Tuesday (03Apr12). The prestigious French honour has previously been handed to stars including Clint Eastwood and Patti Smith.


2nd November 2011

Fact: Beastie Boys star Adam 'AD-ROCK' HOROVITZ is scoring his playwright father's new Off-Broadway show, Gloucester Blue. Israel Horovitz's dark comedy will debut at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City later this month (Nov11).


26th April 2011

Quote: "I commend the Beastie Boys for leaving Def Jam (record label). They were able to go away and keep their identity. It wasn't defined by, 'Oh, the label wants this song.' That's why they still have their following. I'm so jealous." Run-D.M.C. rapper Darryl 'DMC' Mcdaniels admires the Beastie Boys and their staying power in the music industry.


22nd January 2011

Fact: The site featured on the cover of the Beastie Boys' PAUL'S BOUTIQUE album in Manhattan, New York has been destroyed by a fire. The famous location was a restaurant called The Three Monkeys at the time of Thursday's (20Jan11) blaze.


14th October 2010

Quote: "Mike is back mixing his record, which means Adam Y is feeling better. Yeah!" Director Tamra Davis reveals her husband, Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch, is winning his battle with cancer. The rapper was diagnosed with a tumour in his parotid gland last summer (09).


17th June 2010

Fact: Rupert Grint showed off his musical side at the launch of the new Harry Potter theme park on Wednesday (16Jun10), taking to the stage to rap the Beastie Boys' hit track FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (TO PARTY) for thrilled revellers. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public in Orlando, Florida later this month (Jun10).


22nd July 2009

Fact: Rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have stepped in to replace the Beastie Boys at the upcoming Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois. The rap trio were forced to scrap all of their summer dates after ADAM YAUCH was diagnosed with cancer.


3rd February 2009

Fact: Music fans vying for a ticket to The Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, headlined by Bruce Springsteen, cult rockers Phish and the Beastie Boys, will be given the option to pay for the $250 (£180)-a-head event in five instalments of $50 (£36). The summer show runs from 11 to 14 June (09) in Manchester, Tennessee.


13th December 2008

Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow, THE Beastie Boys, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Mike Myers, Liv Tyler and Ellen Page are among a host of celebrities auctioning custom-designed lunchboxes to raise money for the hungry. The online auction runs Friday (12Dec08) through Thursday (18Dec08) on cmarket.com to benefit the Food Bank for New York City and The Lunchbox Fund, which provides lunches to impoverished schoolchildren in South Africa.


3rd September 2008

Fact: Scottish actor Peter Capaldi and Beastie Boys star ADAM YAUCH have been chosen to head up the jury at the upcoming Raindance Film Festival in London.


7th August 2008

Quote: "I f**king went to see the Def Jam tour in Manchester in nineteen-ninety-whenever-it-f**king-was, with Public Enemy, RUN-DMC, and the Beastie Boys! But I'm not gonna sit here and list all the records that I own, because I don't f**king have to." Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher is a fan of hip-hop, despite his recent row with JAY-Z.


20th June 2008

Quote: "What are fools from New Jersey doing coming over here and blocking our traffic? Go back to Jersey!" Beastie Boys star ADAM YAUCH isn't a fan of New Jersey natives commuting to his beloved hometown of New York.


10th March 2008

Fact: Beastie Boys star MIXMASTER MIKE has bought a three-bedroom home in the Sunset Strip area of Hollywood for $990,000 (GBP445,000).


19th June 2007

Fact: Metallica have been added to the packed bill at London's Live Earth global-warming awareness concert on 7 July (07). The star studded concert - one of many to be staged around the world on the same day - will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Genesis, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, Duran Duran, James Blunt, John Legend and Keane.


18th June 2007

Quote: "We're going to do a medley of WE ARE THE WORLD, ARE THEY AWARE IT'S CHRISTMAS (sic) and NO NUKES." Beastie Boys star Mike D on the trio's plans for their upcoming Live Earth concert.


21st March 2007

Fact: Rage Against The Machine's TOM MORELLO, Korn's Jonathan Davis and THE Beastie Boys have teamed up to contribute to Public Enemy: THE BROTHERHOOD - a documentary celebrating the act's 20th anniversary.


1st November 2006

Fact: Beastie Boys star AD-ROCK, real name Adam Horovitz, turned 40 yesterday (31OCT06).


8th February 2006

Fact: <p>Beastie Boys, Justin Timberlake and Rufus Wainwright are among the stars helping to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - by selling their autographed photos on internet auction site eBay. All proceeds will go to the Habitat For Humanity International fundraiser's Operation Home Delivery campaign. </p>


17th January 2006

Quote: <p>"They were very bad boys - they said f**k all the time onstage (and) the audience always booed them... I thought they were so adorable. I think I made out with Adam Yauch once in their dressing room." Madonna remembers touring with the Beastie Boys in 1985. </p>


29th September 2005

Quote: <p>"We say a lot of s**t about each other behind each other's backs." Adam Yauch on how the Beastie Boys have managed to stay together for over 20 years. </p>


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