I’m still in shock over the sudden, unexpected passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Yes, they were more rap than anything else, but they started off as a hardcore band. Yauch produced the Bad Brains’ most recent album, and his label first signed At The Drive-In.
MCA’s death — presumably related to the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009 — took the music world by storm, because all of us, at some point, got down to Paul’s Boutique or Check Your Head.
“RIP MCA. Cancer, you’re an asshole,” Anthrax Tweeted.
Dave Mustaine writes, “Rest In Peace Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys. My condolences to his family and friends.”
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God : “Beastie Boys broke a lot of rules and broke a lot of ground. Bummed I never saw ‘em. MCA has gone on to his final egg raid on mojo. Peace bro!”
Madball’s Freddy Cricien writes: “RIP to a hip hop legend and my favorite beastie boy…. MCA”
Bonded By Blood dedicated it’s most recent set to MCA, while Shadows Fall’s Brian Fair writes, “RIP MCA of the Beastie Boys. My favorite show ever was seeing them at a small club in Boston on Check Your Head tour. Thanks for the music.”
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh wrote, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Adam Yauch / MCA.”
“Our hearts go out to MCA’s family and friends in their time of loss. We had the pleasure of doing a small tour with the Beastie Boys under their hardcore name Quazar,” says fellow New Yorkers Sick of it All. “They were the most down-to-earth and fun guys. Thanks for all the great times and music and all your humanitarian work you’ve done. Rest in peace, brother. A sad day indeed.”
Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction writes, “Adam Yauch has passed. As sobering news as you’ll ever receive. This part of life (death) is resolute — causes one to consider their own life, and the way they’re living it. Today is a grey day. It feels as if their is no escape… Adam was a guy who brought happiness and energy to so many. That is why the news of his passing is so stifling. Bon voyage, Adam.”
Said Slash: “Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. RIP man. We’ll miss you very much.”
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