Seeing them at Lollapalooza was one of the best concert experiences of my life. George Clinton and the P Funk All Stars played earlier and I didn't think they could top that, but they were fantastic and the whole crowd was with them.
Also since it was a NYC show, the crowd was crazy for them. The anticipation before they hit the stage was insane.
You know that part in Rhyming and Stealing where they start chanting "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and it goes from a whisper to a scream. was probably the most scared, I'd ever been in a mosh pit. You could feel every kid in the place was about to go berserk and they did.
love that part!
sucks man. i knew he was sick but i didn't know he was so gravely ill....i guess there were hints there with no public appearances and all. **** you, cancer
Last edited by blacknapalm : 05-04-2012 at 02:49 PM.
This just brings me so far back. License to Ill I think was the first tape I ever bought, which dates me in a couple ways. I sort of lost touch with the entire hip hop scene somewhere about the time Puffy became a big deal. But even now I've never stopped listening to Beastie Boy stuff. I saw them live twice, and both shows were among the best I've ever been too. I'm not sure there is a group this mainstream for whom no one seems to dislike. They strike so many chords. They manage to reach the edges of hipster white culture, punk rock, and still be so in touch with the roots of hip hop, that I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone ever, ever, never, have a BB song come on the radio or over my ipod and had them say, oh ... I hate this song. It doesn't seem to matter your taste or background, there's something purely energetic and rhythmic about there stuff that somehow works for everyone.
I got a facebook message from an old buddy after this news hit I haven't talked to in probably fifteen years. We went to one of those concerts together, and he wrote me a pm and we spent much of the workday bouncing back and fourth about that and all the other good times we had. He asked if I still had that blue BB ringer Tshirt with the ABA basketball logo on it that I wore to that show. I do. I just wish it still fit me.
And if anyone has any good cancer cure ideas out there we're all ears out here on earth.
A few days later and I am still troubled by this. The Beastie Boys were so important in the 90s to me and so many other like minded people in every city and town. I realize License to Ill came out in the 80s (but that never represented who they'd become) and Paul's Boutique (their best work) came out at the end of July '89, but it was the 90s that The Beastie Boys were the shit.
People always talk about pop stars and their influence on culture, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone with a greater influence on young people in the 90s then the Beastie Boys, they just brought it and were accepted by all, hip hop heads, alternative fans, rock fans etc...For people like myself, they were the ultimate band, never my favorite, but always in rotation (and even my favorites weren't always in rotation). Its like Q-Tip said they were: "Never ever ever f*ckin wack." They were cool as shit, and way more influential on culture than any pop act.