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- Posted on Mar 6th 2008 12:00PM by Nadine Cheung
"I wanted to do this one charity [show] for my cousin who got shot in the leg fifteen times," Adam "MCA" Yauch says with a mischievous smirk. While not exactly true, the Beastie Boys did lend their talent to Tuesday night's sold-out Music Has Power show at New York City's Terminal 5, which benefited the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.
The IMNF is a non-profit agency that uses music therapy treatments to help rehabilitate those affected by neurological conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. "It just seems like amazing work that they're doing in up there in the Bronx, and it's also work that doesn't get that much attention," Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz tells Spinner of why they wanted to participate in the show.
The concert drew 3,000 die-hard fans, and the hometown heroes delivered a 25-song set of their greatest hits, as well as instrumental jams from their latest album, 'The Mix-Up.' At $75 a ticket, the concertgoers got every penny's worth. In true Beasties form, the show was a mix of comedy and rhymes, most of which went off without a hitch. Well, except for two tiny snafus during 'Remote Control.'
Horovitz experienced technical difficulties with what he thought was a problematic amp, but soon realized it was his guitar that wasn't working. He quickly remedied the situation, but a minute into the song, Mike "Mike D" Diamond recited the wrong words and admitted, "I f---ed up -- the second verse. I f---ed up." After a quick laugh and shrug, the vets rocked out the rest of the 'Hello Nasty' hit with ease. The rappers also set the audience off with classics like 'Root Down' and 'Sure Shot,' while inciting a mosh pit during their final song, 'Sabotage.'
Next, the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio will head to the studio to work on their new forthcoming album of original material, while the vocal version of 'The Mix-Up' is still in the works. "We're kind of handing it off to other vocalists and letting them submit stuff, so the ball is in their court," Yauch says. "But we did get a spoken word thing back from Jarvis Cocker and a spoken word thing back from Snoop. M.I.A. recorded something at our studio and then took it with her, but hasn't given it to us."
"What do you think if Snoop Dogg and Jarvis Cocker did a poetry slam?" Mike D instigates. "Maybe next year for this benefit. I'm going to throw that idea out there."
Shake Your Rump
Time For Living
B For My Name
Pass the Mic
Rhyming + Stealin'
Off the Grid
Mark on the Bus
Super Disco Breakin'
Ch-Check it Out
So Whatcha Want