The Beastie Boys are an alternative hip-hop band from New York, USA, and were formed in 1979 by Adam Yauch (alias MCA * 05.08.1964) (bass), Kate Schellenbach (05.01.1966) (drums), Michael Diamond (20.11.1964). 1965) (aka Mike D) (drums) and John Berry (15.06.1966) (guitar). It all started as a punk band with an appearance at Adam Yauch’s birthday party. Everything went its way, and the band released their first EP called “Polly Wog Stew” in 1982.
Immediately after the release, John Berry left the band and was replaced by Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock). This was followed by the EP “Cooky Puss” (1983), with which the band took their first steps in the direction of hip hop and from then on was considered a hip hop band. From then on, the band also gave a few concerts in and around New York. The three male band members continued from now on in threes, and Kate Schellenbach was ousted. The line-up still consists of these three members today.
In 1984 the EP “Rock Hard” was released, and in 1986 the first album with the title “Licensed to Ill” followed. With this album and a tour with the hip-hop band Run DMC, the band finally achieved the long-awaited breakthrough. Having previously performed a few appearances as a support act in front of a larger audience with not great success. The album hit the charts in the US and secured a place in the top ten.
Her next album, “Paul’s Boutique,” was released in 1989 by her new record company Capitol and had quite good sales figures. Three years later, the band presented their next work, “Check Your Head” in 1992, meanwhile under their label Grand Royal in collaboration with Capitol, and thus achieved double platinum. Also, the band brought out their magazine Grand Royal, which now appeared every few months.
With their next album, “Ill Communication”, which was released in 1994, they reached first place in the American charts, and their single “Sabotage” became an absolute hit. In 1995 the Beastie Boys released the EP “Root Down” with ten live versions of this album.
Their next album is titled “Hello Nasty” and saw the light of day in 1998. And this album was again a complete success, just like their subsequent world tour, and immediately reached first place in the charts in the USA, England, Germany, Australia, Sweden,
The Netherlands and New Zealand. In many other countries, they reached second place.
This was followed in 2004 by their album “To The 5 Boroughs”. Then the three gentlemen had a unique idea in 2005 on their “To the 5 Boroughs” tour. Because when they performed in their local Madison Square Garden, the band had distributed fifty cameras to fifty people in the audience before their show began. These were supposed to take pictures during the show, which the band then released as a concert documentary on DVD in 2006 with the title “Awesome: I fuckin ‘shot that!”
In 2007 the band released their last album to date, an instrumental album entitled “The Mix-Up”. So far, the Beastie Boys have sold over 40 million albums throughout their career. Also, the band reached first place in the American charts with four of their albums and received two Grammy awards in addition to countless awards. At the moment, work on their next album is in full swing. This is planned for September 2009 and will be called the “Hot Sauce Committee.” The Beastie Boys celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2009.
The Beastie Boys are also very active on a political level and, among other things, after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, they organized a benefit concert called “New Yorkers against violence”, the proceeds of which were around 125,000 US dollars for various organizations New Yorks benefited. They are also avowed opponents of the Iraq war, have campaigned for women’s rights for years, and fight for the liberation of the Tibetan people with the help of the Milarepa Fund Foundation. With the income from two of their songs (“Shambala” and “Bodhisattva Vow”) the band contributed to the establishment of this foundation in 1994. In 1996 they initiated the “Tibetan Freedom Concert” benefit concert for the first time, of which there have been ten so far.