Beastie Boys respond to Adam Yauch’s death: “The world is in need of many more like him.”
Beastie Boy Mike D has posted a moving statement on the band’s Facebook page commenting on the untimely death of his friend and musical collaborator Adam Yauch aka MCA.
Both Mike D and Ad-Rock have been relatively silent since Yauch’s passing, simply posting a brief and emotional message on Sunday that read: “As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you.”
Late last night, however, Mike D wrote in detail about how he is coping following Yauch’s death:
“I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it’s huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it’s heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see. Mike”.
The photo that accompanied the tweet was taken at a weekend Knicks game at Madison Square Garden:
Mike’s comment comes as the music world publicly mourned the loss of Yauch across twitter and the internet. Some of the tributes that have been made:
“May a great musical pioneer rest in peace. Our prayers go out to his family, as his hip hop family mourns our loss and celebrates his life” – Jay-Z
“Last night, I took a 14 hour flight to Sydney, Australia from LA, embarking on P.E.’s 80th tour in 25 years. I just landed to 65 texts with the news. Adam and the Boys put us on our first tour 25 years and 79 tours ago. They were essential to our beginning, middle and today. Adam especially was unbelievable in our support from then ‘til now, even allowing me to induct them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I consider myself a strong man and my father says be prepared to lose many in your post-50 path of life. Still, I’m a bit teary-eyed leaving this plane. R.I.P. Adam aka MCA.” – Chuck D,Public Enemy
“RIPMCA. Thank you for Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness”. – Krist Novoselic
“He’s a Buddhist so he gets to come back. Next time you see a puppy it could be MCA”. – John Safran