First things first: when the New York Daily News caught up with Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock in Manhattan court last week–the two are fighting energy drink company Monster over illegal use of their music–the Big Apple tabloid found out, via given testimony, that the pair had rejected a big offer to let their song “Sabotage” be used in a recent Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
“It felt like too much of an endorsement” of the movie, Diamond said, and “we weren’t fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s recent . . . work.”
As most people aren’t. The film absolutely bombed.
Buried within that piece, though, is a more salient note for Beasties fans.
“The third member of the band, Adam (MCA) Yauch, died in 2012, and Diamond made it clear he and Horovitz would never put out new Beasties music without him.
“’We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,’ Diamond said.
“’We can’t make new music.’”
Perhaps it was always a foregone conclusion that neither Mike D or Ad-Rock would continue the group after Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death in May 2012. However, putting the kibosh on entirely new music seems never to have been articulated until now.
There was one studio session in fall 2011 prior to Yauch’s death, as a May 2012 Mike D interview with Rolling Stone’s David Fricke reveals, so there could be some assorted Beasties loosies dropping in the future. But fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath over them.