Henry Rollins: The Column! R.I.P. MCA

by Matt Clinks

A few days ago, I woke up to the sad news that Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys had lost his battle with cancer and passed away.

As the sun started to set in Hobart, Australia — where I was performing that night — I became sadder and sadder. I wanted to talk about him during the show but, not having had much time to think about what I would say, I didn’t want to get anything wrong or in any way be misunderstood. So I said nothing about him and kept it all to myself.

Last week, I was in a gym and on the television was one of those endless “best of” music video marathons. The show played the Beasties’ “Sabotage” video. I don’t know how many times I have seen this mini-masterpiece directed by Spike Jonze, but it never fails to knock me out every time. The talent of Adam and his cohorts Mike D and Ad-Rock is a very large and deep pool.

I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to tour with the Beastie Boys and watched almost every set they played on all those dates. Why not? You do your set and then you get to see the Beasties play? Best deal in town.

[Full story at L.A.Weekly]