.

The Beastie Boys Take Philadelphia

Hanging with the Beastie Boys on Night One of their summer tour

Drummer Mike D, bassist MCA, and guitarist Ad-Rock of the hip hop group "Beastie Boys" perform onstage at the Greek Theatre on August 19th, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Stephen Albanese/Michael Ochs
August 23, 2007

Ireally want to talk about The View," said Mike D during a press conference backstage at Philadelphia's Festival Pier. "We're all offended we haven't gotten a call from Barbara Walters to replace Star Jones." Still cracking wise in their forties, the Beastie Boys kicked off their first major American tour in three years by joking about starting a line of ladies' watches. Once they hit the stage, things were a little more businesslike – but only a little. On August 15t, in front of 5,000 Philiy fans, the suit-clad trio ran through nearly thirty songs in a hundred minutes, playing only a handful of cuts from its new loungefunk disc, The Mix-Up – including the eight-minute jam "Off the Grid." But mostly it stuck to showstopping cuts like "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," "Sabotage" and "Paul Revere," the last of which Ad-Rock dedicated to the inmates of a nearby prison.

The show was classic Beastie Boys – a mix of punky wit, blitzkrieg rapping and party-rocking instrumentais. But the tour promises to be relatively low-key for the trio, two of whom are fathers. "We don't feel the need to go out and conquer the world anymore," Mike D told Rolling Stone backstage. "Touring forever like you've got nothing else to do is cool when you're twenty. But when your kids are in school, that doesn't work so well." Only sixteen U.S. dates have been scheduled, and several of those are "gala events": mostly-instrumental shows at small venues. "The [bigger] shows, like tonight, they're more for the average meathead," said MCA. "The gala events are for the 'heads: We play a lot more album cuts and B sides and weird arrangements."

The Boys hinted that their next record will be a classic rap album. "We're doing the vocals first this time – it may just end up as an a cappella record," said MCA, laughing. But considering all their family obligations, might this tour be their last for a while? "We're not going to declare an official stopping point," says Ad-Rock. "We want to have a surprise attack."

This story is from the August 23rd, 2007 issue of Rolling Stone.



To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com