Entertainment

Beastie Boys struggle with death

The Beastie Boys (Adam Yauch, aka MCA, in the centre).
The Beastie Boys (Adam Yauch, aka MCA, in the centre). Contributed

THE two remaining Beastie Boys have opened up about the death of band mate Adam Yauch from cancer at the age of 47 earlier this month, saying they feel "numb".

Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz - who founded the Beastie Boys in New York in 1991 with Yauch - also said they had been recording new music together just months before his shock death.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, Diamond said he always believed Yauch would overcome the throat cancer that was diagnosed three years ago.

"I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back. But I wouldn't trade that optimism for anything. Because the other option is no fun."

Fellow rapper Adam Horovitz said he was "totally numb" and overcome with emotion at unexpected times.

"My wife is like, 'I want to make sure you're getting it out.' But then I'm walking the dog and I'll start crying on the street," Horovitz said.

He also spoke fondly about a recording session, instigated by Yauch, just months ago.

"You would get swept up in his excitement and positivity. 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."

Diamond said their last recording session together included plenty of ideas for new tracks.

"Adam instigated it. It could only come from him, in terms of where he was at with treatment. It was stuff we had written or demo-ed, and there were new ideas. He wasn't sure he was able to do vocals. But after a bit, we ended up doing them. And he was fine. It was a way for him to say, 'Yeah, I'm doing it'."

The pair agreed they would keep making music together, but perhaps not under the Beastie Boys moniker.

Diamond: "I can see us making music. I don't know about a band format. But Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to."

Topics:  beastie boys, cancer, death, entertainment, music


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Coffee Tardis helps local women reconnect with work

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Shane Hogan, Paul Spooner, Celeste Harris, Anne Goslett, Trevor Sleep, Helen Hamilton, Rod McKelvey and Rodney Contojohon.

Pay it forward at the Coffee BOX opening in Byron bay next week.

Take a look at the draft plan for Byron’s coast

Byron Shire Council have said they’d love to have your input

ELECTION 2016: Richmond candidates address affordable housing and negative gearing.

AFFORDABLE: Are places like the Kollective in Sunrise the answer for affordable medium density housing.

Will negative gearing changes produce more affordable housing

Latest deals and offers

Vale Barb Pinter- community champion

BARB Pinter, founder of the Byron Breast Cancer Support Group, passed away last Saturday after living with cancer for many years.

Coffee Tardis helps local women reconnect with work

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Shane Hogan, Paul Spooner, Celeste Harris, Anne Goslett, Trevor Sleep, Helen Hamilton, Rod McKelvey and Rodney Contojohon.

Pay it forward at the Coffee BOX opening in Byron bay next week.

Take a look at the draft plan for Byron’s coast

Byron Shire Council have said they’d love to have your input

ELECTION 2016: Richmond candidates address affordable housing and negative gearing.

AFFORDABLE: Are places like the Kollective in Sunrise the answer for affordable medium density housing.

Will negative gearing changes produce more affordable housing

Build a fence around Byron and charge admission, says mayor

It might be the only way this tourist town can get grant funding

Is it ice cream? Is it poo? It’s Splendour art

In 2015 we learned that the infamous 'poo emoji' is actually an image of ice cream, so Mr Poopie will be a fitting Splendour homage to such a first world problem.

A fitting homage to the king of emojis

Failed funding bid won’t stop the show at NORPA

HIT: NORPA's 2015 production of Railway Wonderland.

No NORPA shows affected after funding rejected by Australia Council.

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest