It has been a while since we saw the hip-hop band Beastie Boys perform on stage. And while many fans are hoping for a reunion after Adam Yauch’s death in 2012, the Beastie Boys are now confirming that there will be no live performances, despite the ongoing rumors.
Rumors of live performances began when the two surviving members of the Beastie Boys trio, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office with the Beastie Boys name. According to New York Daily News, the patent had to do with live performances.
However, a representative for the band said that the rumors are not true, and there will be no live performances by the Beastie Boys, reports the Rolling Stone.
“There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch.”
Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He had a cancerous parotid gland and underwent radiation therapy and surgery, but he succumbed to his battle with cancer in 2012. Yauch was responsible for directing a number of Beastie Boys’ videos, using the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. In the latter years of Yauch’s life, he wasn’t able to participate in the Beastie Boys’ videos for the album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two due to his health. Since his death, the Beastie Boys have never appeared in a live performance.
Earlier this year, Horovitz had an interview with NME and discussed working with Diamond again. However, he said that if they have projects together, it would not be under the Beastie Boys name.
“Adam started the band, so we couldn’t do anything without him.”
The two remaining members of the Beastie Boys are also working on a memoir. In previous reports, it is said that the memoir will be scheduled for release in the fall of this year, however, it seems that the memoir is far from done. This may be because the two members are busy with their own projects. In addition, they are also fighting lawsuits left and right.
When Yauch died, a stipulation in his will stated that his music should not be used in advertisements and any form of product endorsements. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the two Beastie Boys won a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drinks over the use of the band’s material in their endorsements.
Most likely, the reason for the recent trademark application is to protect the Beastie Boys name and prevent more lawsuits in the future.
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