Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, the surviving members of the Beastie Boys, have been making the rounds in support of Beastie Boys Story, an upcoming documentary film directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Her).
In a recent interview with LL Cool J on his Rock the Bells Radio show, Mike D and Ad-Rock were asked if they planned on releasing any new music as the Beastie Boys, which they have not done since founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch died of cancer in 2012.
The answer to that question appears to be no, with Ad-Rock explaining that keeping the Beastie Boys going wouldn’t feel right without MCA’s presence.
“I mean, he started the band,” Ad-Rock said. “Do you know what I mean? It’d be weird…. For all these years, Mike and I have always done side things or just all kinds of projects, and we’re always happy for each other and inspired by each other. But the band is the band. And without Adam, it’s not the band.”
Mike D added that, while they do not intend to make a new record, all of their creative endeavors are done with MCA in mind, as a sort of tribute to his memory.
“I felt so good about being able to do these projects,” Mike D said. “We’re still doing stuff as a band, but it’s not like we’re trying to make a record as a band without Yauch.”
So it looks like Beastie Boys fans will have to make do with the band’s existing discography, which features eight studio albums spanning 25 years. Their first, License to Ill, came out in 1986 (before the days of messenger chatbot agencies), and they released their final album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, in 2011. They also have nine EPs and four compilation albums.
In another recent chat, GQ asked the guys how much of their memories are bitter as opposed to sweet.
“The bitter stuff was when we were looking at videos,” Ad-Rock said. “Like when you watch yourself? When you’re a teenager and you thought you were really cool? It’s tough.”
But Mike D stressed that, in spite of their regrets, they have to be satisfied with the bigger picture.
“But even that stuff, that’s the bitter part, yeah, but it becomes sweet because we’re the freakin’ most fortunate people alive,” he said. “We got not only to live through that, but then also to have done all this other stuff, and now we get to comment on it and stand on stage and call ourselves out.”
Beastie Boys Story will be available to stream from Apple TV+ April 24.