Beastie Boy Ad-Rock avoids touching ‘monster’ fish on Jimmy Fallon show

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Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horovitz, appeared on America’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonlast night to promote his role in the new Ben Stiller film While We’re Young joining other guest, US actor Will Forte. It’s the first time he’s ever made a television appearance alone.

As reported on Rolling Stone during three segments Ad-Rock reminisced about going on tour with Madonna and his early acting career before the Beastie Boys took off. In classic Beasties joking style he messed around with Fallon, and was self-deprecating, saying, “I should have shaved or showered or something. I’m wearing a dirty shirt. I should have worn a hat. I feel like I have a big forehead.”

Before the end of the show, host of Animal Planet show River Monsters, Jeremy Wade, also made an appearance, bringing a selection of fish with him. Will Forte kissed an ‘electric catfish’, while Ad-Rock declined to touch any of the slimy creatures. “I’m good,” he joked keeping a safe distance.

During the interview segment, the Beastie Boy reminisced with Fallon about how former manager Russell Simmons tricked Madonna’s manager into letting them be the opener act on the Like a Virgin tour and how she fought for their continued presence on the tour even though her fans “hated” them.

Speaking to NME recently, he has discussed the possibility of working with bandmate Mike D again, the death of Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch in 2012 and the future of the group without one of its founding members. “Adam started the band, so we couldn’t do anything without him,” the musician said. However, Horovitz continued that he is likely to work with Mike D again, but not under the Beastie Boys name: “At some point we’ll do something,” he added.

Horovitz also told NME about the upcoming Beastie Boys memoir, which was recently pushed back to a 2017 release. Meanwhile, the band’s debut album ‘Licensed To Ill’ has been certified diamond nearly 30 years after its initial release. The accomplishment places the trio in the elite group of hip-hop artists to reach diamond status, alongside 2Pac, Eminem and OutKast.

Watch the Fallon interview here.