Beastie Boys have confirmed two shows at London Brixton Academy.
The trio, who haven’t performed in the UK since 1995, will appear on June 23 and 24 supported by Money Mark and Skratch Piklz, the San Francisco DJ who appears on several tracks on their new LP. As previously reported in NME, their still untitled new album is set for a July 13 release on Capitol and features contributions from Lee Scratch Perry and New York avant-garde duo Cibo Matto.
Elsewhere, the Beasties have found themselves banned from entering China because of their leading role in organising the pro-Tibetan Independance Freedom concerts.
The ban looks likely to affect other bands participating in the concerts on June 13 and 14 at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC. Radiohead, Beck, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Noel Gallagher, Bjork, Beck and Sonic Youth have appeared at the two previous Tibetan awareness events. This year’s line-up again features Radiohead and Pearl Jam, as well as The Verve and Pulp.
Meanwhile, MTV reports the Chinese embassy in London as saying the Beastie Boys had “no right to interfere in the internal affairs of our country”. The statement said the Beasties would not be allowed to visit the country, and that their music could be banned aswell.
And, the Beasties have suffered another setback, this time from a con artist who stole $(US)10,000 from organisers of a music festival after posing as a representative from Grand Royal. The bogus agent forged Grand Royal stationery and Beastie Adam Yauch’s signature when representatives from the Pittsburgh Ghetto Booty Battle agreed to book them. The impostor then disappeared with the cash.
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