The group perform fresh takes on their classic hits at the first of two nights at the Hammerstein Ballroom...

The BEASTIE BOYS have made a rare live performance at the first of two benefit shows in NEW YORK.

The rap collective headlined the first of two nights at the New York Hammerstein Ballroom last night (October 28), in an effort to raise funds for the victims terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center.

Joined by fellow New Yorkers The Strokes, who performed their set in almost complete darkness, the Beasties were joined by DJ Mixmaster Mike for an hour-long, hiphop set.

The show saw the band rework some of their greatest hits, including ‘Pass The Mic’, ‘Sure Shot’, ‘Root Down’ and ‘Intergalactic’ from their original form, with the group rapping their famous rhymes over more recent hiphop tracks.

One fan who was at the show told NME.COM: “It was great to see them because they spliced their old songs with newer stuff like Redman.”

A number of speakers were also introduced by the Beastie Boys at the event, most notably Yoko Ono, who spoke about New York.

The second night of the events, also headlined by the Beastie Boys, takes place tonight (October 29). Also on the bill are Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mos Def, The Roots and a DJ appearance from Afrika Bambaataa.

Funds raised from the shows will be donated to the New York Women’s Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans.