The band are at "the incubation stage" of the follow-up to 1998's 'Hello Nasty'...

Beastie Boys are to enter a recording studio at the start of 2002 to begin work on the long-awaited follow-up to ‘HELLO NASTY’.

Beastie BoysDJ Mixmaster Mike told Rolling Stone that the group are in the “incubation stage” on the follow-up to 1998’s ‘Hello Nasty’ LP, having worked on material in New York and LA.

He said: “Right now, we’re at the incubation stage. We’ve got all the beats in the incubator. They’re eggs. We’re waiting for them to hatch. Me and Mike D are just like, politicking. We’re very moody players. We’re moody musicians. You never know what’s gonna come out of it.”

Beastie Boys have retained a low public profile in recent months, with the exception of organising and headlining two benefit concerts in New York to raise funds for groups working on projects to help the victims of the September 11 terrorist strikes.