Adam Yauch


I was saddened to hear of the passing of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. I was at work hosting top 40 radio when I read the news via Twitter. At different points in my life the Beastie Boys were my favorite band. The first time I heard them was when I was on tour with Snfu and we were playing shows with Boston’s Gang Green. They were covering Fight for Your Right (To Party)”  and we were asking each other “what song is this?’ We sort of knew but no one did for sure. It would only be a few weeks before everyone in the World knew that song and the band that did it.

A year or two later my twin brother and I recruited our friend s to make a “fuck band” called the Belke Boys. We played mostly Beastie Boys with some lyrics changed to reference doughnuts and what not. I finally got to see the Beastie Boys for the first time around 1992, in Vancouver playing with Sonic Youth when they were on tour for the Check Your Head album. I was excited to see them but surprised at how star struck I was when they hit the stage. The next time I saw them was on the Hello Nasty Tour around 1998 at the PNE in Vancouver with Tribe Called Quest. Tribe sounded terrible, Beasties didn’t. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen.

Adam just like the other guys seemed very likeable but Adam connection to Buddhism and his well known fight for Tibetan rights seemed to show he was special. After work on the day I heard of his passing I threw on Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science and read about the songs as I listened. The song Sure Shot stood out. As “Bodhisattva Vow” played I read Adams words about his initial steps into Buddhism including a trip to see the Dalai Lama and cried. The World is always a lesser place when we lose super creative, loving people. I can only hope that he inspires others, like myself to live honorably, creatively & thankful. Thanks Adam Yauch.

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