Since the passing of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch in 2012, the group’s two remaining members, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, have been rather vocal when it comes to their music being used for commercial purposes.
Much of their insistence against such business ventures stems from Yauch’s own will, which stated: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.” However, Yauch’s absence hasn’t only affected the use of Beastie Boys’ back catalog, it’s also impacted Beastie Boys’ future as a whole.
During last week’s trial proceedings surrounding their lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink, Mike D implied they would not be making any new music under the Beastie Boys name without Yauch.
“We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” he stated (via New York Daily News). “We can’t make new music.”
Below, revisit their video for “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”: