Beasties Sign On For Benefit, Expand Tour
The Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. The MTV2 Presents: A LIFEbeat Benefit will take place Saturday (Aug. 28) at the MThe Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. The MTV2 Presents: A LIFEbeat Benefit will take place Saturday (Aug. 28) at the Miami's South Beach nightclub Crobar. The bill will also feature DJ Am and DJ Samantha Ronson.
Tickets for the event will be available tomorrow (Aug. 26) at MTV's VMA Take Over and Friday and Saturday at the VMA Block Parties, events tied to the music channel's annual Video Music Awards, which are set for Saturday at Miami's American Airlines Arena. Tickets will also be available via Wanttickets.com.
General admission tickets will sell for $35, while VIP seats will net $150. Platinum VIP tickets, which include a MTV2 VMA gift bag, will cost $250. Proceeds will benefit LIFEbeat.
The LIFEbeat concert will precede the kick-off of the Beastie Boys' tour in support of their latest album, "To the 5 Boroughs" (Capitol). The run is set to launch Sept. 9 at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Col., with dates being confirmed in sporadic blasts.
At deadline, dates stretch through Oct. 23 in Dallas, with a gap in the schedule between a Sept. 20 Vancouver date and an Oct. 9 gig in Fairfax, Va. Talib Kweli will support.
Released in July, "To the 5 Boroughs" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The group's first album in more than five years has sold 874,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are the Beastie Boys' confirmed tour dates:
Aug. 28: Miami (Crobar; LIFEbeat benefit)
Sept. 9: Morrison, Col. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Sept. 11: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Sept. 13: Universal City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheater)
Sept. 14: Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Arena)
Sept. 16-17: San Francisco (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium)
Sept. 19: Seattle (Key Arena)
Sept. 20: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)
Oct. 8: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
Oct. 9: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 11: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Oct. 15: Duluth, Ga. (The Arena at Gwinnett Center)
Oct. 16: New Orleans (Voodoo Music Experience)
Oct. 18: Sunrise, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
Oct. 19: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Oct. 22: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Oct. 23: Dallas (American Airlines Center)