Surviving Beastie Boys members Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have announced three live events in April. The events will take place on April 15th at Philadelphia, PA’s Tower Theater and on April 8th and 9th at Brooklyn, NY’s Kings Theatre.
Little information has been shared about what the live events will entail aside from the bare-bones description shared with the announcement video: “Beastie Boys Story; As told by Mike Diamond & Adam Horovitz; Directed by Spike Jonze.” Of course, you can expect Mike D and Ad-Rock to pay tribute to their brother in arms Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 47. Watch the teaser video for the events below:
Beastie Boys Story – Teaser Video
The announcement of these events follows Mike and Adam’s discussion with Amazon Music‘s Nathan Brackett earlier this morning as part of SXSW. While the details remain unclear, it seems likely that the events will mirror and promote their bestselling 2018 memoir, Beastie Boys Book. As the book’s official description explains, the memoir is:
A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut studio album Licensed to Ill; that album’s messy fallout; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul’s Boutique. For more than twenty years, this band has had a wide-ranging and lasting influence on popular culture.
With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.
[H/T Consequence of Sound]