Despite the fact that Beastie Boys were recently forced to cancel their scheduled headlining slot at All Points West, the band were not forgotten today (July 31) as both Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jay-Z paid tribute to the New York legends.
It wasn’t just the Beastie Boys that got the Hova treatment this evening – after rapping over The Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’, Jay-Z paid tribute to recently-deceased Michael Jackson, causing a hush to fall over the crowd.
“We don’t mark death, we celebrate life, so don’t wait until someone is gone to tell them you love them,” he said, adding that Jackson would have been thrilled to see so many of his albums back in the top ten.
He then let the rest of ‘I Want You Back’ play as a montage of images of Jackson played on the screens.
–By our New York staff.
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