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Coldplay Pay Tribute to Beastie Boys’ ‘MCA’ Adam Yauch at Hollywood Bowl

Coldplay MCA Tribute

Coldplay and the Beastie Boys could hardly be more different, but they came together in a moving and timely tribute to Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, who passed away yesterday (May 4) at 47 years old.

The British pop-rockers performed the classic and quintessential Beastie Boys track, ‘Fight for Your Right’ at the Hollywood Bowl, transforming the hip-hop classic into a beautiful, soft, silly and self aware piano ballad. Frontman Chris Martin could barely keep a straight face at times — not because the occasion wasn’t a somber one, but because of the inherent goofiness of his crooning lines like, “Now your mom threw away your best porno mag.”

Just before an instrumental break, Martin yells, “MCA! Adam Yauch!” to raucous cheers, which returned when he sang, “Mom, you’re just jealous, it’s the Beastie Boys / So we’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys.”

The performance is especially impressive considering the band likely only had mere hours to rehearse and plan it. Kudos to Coldplay for doing something so touching so quickly. We’re sure MCA is beaming.

Watch Coldplay Perform ‘Fight for Your Right’ at the Hollywood Bowl

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