The influence of the Beastie Boys and Adam “MCA” Yauch has spread far and wide over generations and genres. And over the course of the past few days, many artists paid tribute to the late MCA in their own ways.
Both of the other Beastie Boys—Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike D (Mike Diamond)—wrote their own notes in response to MCA’s passing. While Ad-Rock’s blog post (complete with awesome photo) appeared on the Beastie’s blog this weekend, Mike D posted his thoughts on the band’s Facebook page with a photo taken on Sunday during the New York Knicks’ playoff game at Madison Square Garden.
Other musicians expressed their thoughts (in more than 140 characters) on their respective blogs and media outlets. The Roots’ ?uestlove, for example, wrote a personal narrative of the Beastie’s influence on his band on the Roots-owned site Okayplayer.
Even more bands presented their tributes in musical form. In case you didn’t see it, Coldplay performed an emotional “piano version of (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” at a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Additionally, Deer Tick performed a riotous version of the same hit at their show at the Casbah in San Diego, Calif. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers offered their own twist on “So What’cha Want” at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Check out the fan-shot footage of Deer Tick and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Beastie Boys covers below.
Deer Tick—”(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)”
Red Hot Chili Peppers—“So What’cha Want”