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Beasties Ahoy!

The boys float up at the VMAs

The Beastie Boys arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in Miami.
Chris Polk/FilmMagic
September 30, 2004

The Beastie Boys arrived at the VMAs in Grand Royal style on an airboat. The night before, after the band played a Lifebeat AIDS benefit at Crobar, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz said he does not want his MTV: "I don't like those shows with people living in houses together. I've been in enough houses with enough idiots – I don't need to relive that." And he remembered a Beasties' trip to Miami opening for Run-DMC in 1986: "They asked Adam Yauch to play bass on 'Walk This Way.' Steve Tyler and Joe Perry came onstage. Yauch was so trashed, he was running around trying to lean back-to-back with Joe Perry."

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