Yeah Yeah Yeahs dedicate ‘Maps’ to Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch at All Points West

They send their love to cancer-stricken MCA at festival

Yeah Yeah Yeahs paid tribute to would-be headliners Beastie Boys on day one of All Points West today (July 31).

After torrential rains turned Liberty State Park into a Glastonbury-style mud-fest, the skies cleared in time for Karen O and co’s set, during which the singer acknowledged the absence of their New York counterparts.

“Listen up,” O began. “New YorkNew JerseyYeah Yeah Yeahs – it’s a match made in heaven. We love you so god damn much. And we send much Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeahs love to Beastie Boys and our friend Adam,” she said as they launched into an acoustic version of 2003 single ‘Maps’.


O wore a string of typically flamboyant outfits throughout the set, including a shoulderless print dress and patterened tights, and a studded leather jacket for ‘Zero’.

The trio were the last band to play before last-minute headliner Jay-Z took to the stage. The rapper replaced Beastie Boys on the bill after Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer.

This is the second year of the New Jersey festival, which will run until Sunday (August 2). This weekend will feature performances from My Bloody Valentine, Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, MGMT and Coldplay.

–By our New York staff.
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