Key member of one of
the most influential hip-hop groups of all time.
By Fred Mills
We at BLURT are immensely saddened to learn of the passing
earlier today (May 4) of the Beastie Boys’ MCA (born Adam Nathaniel Yauch) at
the age of 47. He had been battling cancer since 2009 (a tumor on his salivary
gland was discovered at that time) but initial reports of his death do not
indicate if that was the direct cause.
Most recently, though, he was unable to attend the Beasties’
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and earlier, when he was undergoing
cancer treatments, the band’s Hot Sauce
Committee, Pt. 2, was delayed. Yauch leaves behind an immense legacy with
his bandmates Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, having started
the Beastie Boys in 1979 and going on to release classic album after classic
album that arguably influenced at least two generations of music fans and
music-makers. He will be deeply missed.
On a personal note, yours truly was fortunate enough to see
the Beasties in concert on their final tour, in June of 2009 at the relatively
intimate Orange Peel club in Asheville, NC (the band was warming up for their
upcoming appearance at Bonnaroo). You can read my account here; it remains one
of my most memorable shows of the last decade.
[Photo of Yauch via Wikimedia Commons; shot by Fabio Venni]