Beastie Boys Organize NYC Benefit Concert
The Beastie Boys have organized and will headline the New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert Oct. 28 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Also on the bill are up-and-coming New York-based rock ouThe Beastie Boys have organized and will headline the New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert Oct. 28 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Also on the bill are up-and-coming New York-based rock outfits Rival School and the Strokes, along with the B-52s, Cibo Matto, Saul Williams, and Pakistani vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. All proceeds will benefit Sept. 11 relief efforts via the New York Association for New Americans and the New York Women's Foundation.
"In the midst of this madness, [group members] Adam [Horovitz] and Mike [Diamond] and I got together to discuss what we might be able to do that would be constructive," Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (MCA) said in a statement. "I hope that anyone that has the time and is in the neighborhood will be able to come and join us." Yauch added that the Beastie Boys will play a "short hip-hop set" backed by longtime DJ Mixmaster Mike.
Tickets for the event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Hammerstein Ballroom box office. The Beastie Boys played an impromptu show at the same venue in December 1998 but have not performed live since the summer of 1999.
In September, the group shuttered its 8-year-old Grand Royal label, citing "mounting debts, decreasing assets, and exceedingly harsh industry conditions." The month before, a planned U.K. edition of the Beastie Boys-organized Tibetan Freedom Concert was postponed indefinitely. A new Web site for the event's parent organization, Milarepa, will be online soon at Milarepa.org.