Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance Pays Tribute to Beastie Boys + Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch
The Beastie Boys were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, the same day that Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch was hospitalized for what would be the last time. Though Yauch couldn’t attend and his bandmates didn’t perform without him, Kid Rock, Travie McCoy and the Roots paid tribute to their musical legacy with a fun medley of the group’s hits.
McCoy, Kid Rock and Black Thought donned the trademark green tracksuits that the Beastie Boys sported on the scene. Backed by Questlove’s beats as well as a full band and DJ, the trio performed a mashup of ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn,’ ‘So What’cha Want,’ ‘Sabotage’ and ‘The New Style.’
The induction ceremony aired Saturday night (May 5) with a photo and textual dedication to Yauch at program’s end. Other post-recording additions included tributes to fallen legends Dick Clark and Levon Helm.
Yauch, who died on May 4 after a nearly three-year cancer battle, had his bandmates Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Michael ‘Mike D.’ Diamond, as well as his family, accept the honor in his stead. Yauch instead submitted a heartfelt and moving letter which Ad-Rock read on the air.
I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers, Adam and Mike, who’ve walked the globe with me.
To anyone who’s been touched by our band, who our music has meant something to, this induction is as much ours as it is yours. To Kate Schellenbach. To John Berry. To John Berry’s loft on 100th St. in Brooklyn where John’s dad would come busting in during our first practices screaming, “Would you turn that f—ing s— off already!”…
To my loving and supportive parents, Noel and Frances Yauch, and to our home in Brooklyn where we used to practice on hot Brooklyn days after school, windows wide open to disturb the neighborhood…
But most of all I’d like to thank and dedicate this honor to my smart, beautiful and loving wife Dechen and our sweet, talented, loving daughter Tenzin. Never has a man felt more blessed than I to be able to spend my time with my two soulmates. I love you guys more than you know.
I wish I could name everyone who deserves to be named, but of course there’s too many names to name. You know who you are, and I sent my love out to all of you.
Your friend, Adam Yauch.
Watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Beastie Boys Tribute