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Beastie Boys videos: Top 5 Moments


Adam Yauch, a co-founder of the highly successful hip hop group Beastie Boys, died on May 4, 2012, after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009.


Andrew H. Walker

It was at Adam (MCA) Yauch's house in 1979 that the Beastie Boys first gathered to form a rock-rap-punk group that would release eight studio albums that together sold 21 million copies.

Not to mention the countless singles, EPs, compilations, videos and DVDs.

There's no word from Mike (Mike D) Diamond or Adam (Ad-Rock) Horovitz about continuing after Yauch died on Friday after a three-year battle with salivary gland cancer at age 47.

There are, however, plenty of seminal moments worth savoring and revisiting.

Here are five great moments from the Beasties.

On American Bandstand, circa 1987

It's obvious from the start they have no interests in pretending to sing. Passing their microphones back and forth is classic comedy. Dick Clark takes it all in stride. With those goofy dancers in the background, dare we say this was the end of AB?

At the MTV Music Awards, 1994

Guitars. Drums. Ad-Rock's screams. Those suits. The Beasties' epic performance of "Sabotage" almost made the fact they lost all six awards they were nominated for somehow ... OK. But, really, Aerosmith's Cryin' best video? Shudder.

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Tibetan Freedom Concert, 1996

More than 100,000 people attended the first concert and raised $800,000 for various Tibetan causes, including Yauch's Milarepa Fund, which distributed funds to Buddhist monks sampled on Beastie Boys' albums.

On Late Night with David Letterman, 2004

Find something more New York than this. Go ahead. Try. They emerged from a subway station performing Check It Out, rapping and walking the streets into the Ed Sullivan Theater. It was one continuous shot using a fisheye camera. Fresh.

Induction into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 2012

The Beastie Boys accepted their awards at a somewhat somber induction ceremony without Yauch, whose health was deteriorating quickly. "This induction is as much ours as it is yours," MCA's statement said, read by his band mates. HBO is planning to rebroadcast the event tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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