Chris Martin and co honour rapper, who has passed away aged 47
Coldplay have paid tribute to the Beastie Boys‘ Adam Yauch by performing a piano cover of their classic song ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.
Chris Martin, who added an extra lyric to the end of the song to include the line “We’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys”, sang the track at a show at the Hollywood Bowl yesterday (May 4). He has now joined the likes of Jay-Z, Green Day, Eminem and The Strokes in paying tribute to the rapper, who passed away at the age of 47.
The Beastie Boys also posted a statement on their website commenting on Yauch’s death, writing: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.”
Yauch, who was also known as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node in July 2009 and had been fighting the disease ever since.
In 1979, Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike “Mike D” Diamond, who he met at school, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz. After starting out as a punk group inspired by Black Flag, the trio soon began experimenting with hip-hop.
The release of their first full album ‘Licensed To Ill’ in 1986 broke them into the mainstrean by becoming the the first hip-hop album to top the Billboard album chart. In total, the band released eight albums including ‘Paul’s Boutique’, ‘Check Your Head’ and ‘Ill Communication’.
The group’s last album, ‘Hot Sauce Committee Part Two’, was released last year. It was originally planned for release in 2009 but was delayed after Yauch’s diagnosis.
Adam Yauch is survived by his wife, Dechen Wengdu, and their daughter Tenzin Losel.