In an interview with GQ, [former] Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz confirmed what many had already suspected: The Beastie Boys are no more.
According to Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the band died with founder Adam Yauch (MCA), who passed in 2012 of thyroid cancer.
Are the Beastie Boys done? "We're done. Oh yeah. Adam Yauch started the band. It's not like a thing where we could continue without him." Never contemplated it? "No."The rest of the interview is pretty sad. Horovitz talks about how he, Yauch and Mike Diamond (Mike D) had been close friends and band mates since high school, and how the death of Yauch and the Beasties has left a gaping hole that the 48-year old is still trying figure out how to deal with.
In happier news, the Beastie Boy's seminal 1987 debut Licensed To Ill recently became the seventh Hip Hop album to go Diamond (10 million sales in the United States.)
The Beastie Boys sold over 40 million albums world wide, and in 2012 were introduced into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
What's your favorite memory of the Beasties?