Red Hot Chili Peppers had their show on Friday, May 4th in New York. “Check Your Head” by Beastie Boys started blowing away the listeners on the P.A before the whole thing even started. This was enough to leave a hint for them that the show was dedicated to Adam Yauch ”MCA” of the Beastie Boys who prominently called New York home and passed away after hard struggle against cancer. Singer Anthony Kiedis acquired the stage wearing a green t-shirt with ’MCA’ doodled on it in black.
Kiedis said, “We lost a good man today”. He also said a small number of songs in his performance at Newark, N.J’s Prudential Arena. He also added, “he left the world a lot of beauty. I hope you carry that flame. Adam was for real.”
The companionship between the Beastie Boys and the RHCP dates back decades. They both were also introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. Unfortunately, Yauch was sick enough to not being able to attend (ceremonial will be shown on HBO tonight at 9 p.m. ET). In 1996 and 1998 Red Hot Chili Peppers played two of the Yauch-organized Tibetan Freedom Concerts.
The RHCP fans in the crowd cheered for them and the Beastie Boys, when RHCP presented instrumental Beastie Boys covers. “Gratitude” played by Flea as a strong bass solo and full band but without vocals cover on ‘What’cha Want’ paid tribute to the inspirational singer.
Flea added in the memory of Yauch by saying, “I love that man.”
The P.A kicked in with the Beastie’s 1986 hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party),” after RHCP said their adieu with ‘Give It Away”.