Sunday, May 6, 2012


I woke this morning before the birds, wide awake!
I wondered if I could try to squeeze in at least another hour or two of sleeping 
before having to get up to get ready to go to work. 
After five minutes of trying, I knew it wasn't going to happen so I updated my instagram feed. 
It was then that I learnt that Adam Yauch "MCA" had passed.
I shed a tear as I lay in bed, for a man than I didn't know, for a man that has left me some indelible memories, and for a man who was an artist pioneer and an amazing humanitarian and philanthropist.

I don't think I've made a mix-tape (technically now called an itunes playlist) in the last 
15 years that hasn't included a Beastie Boys song.

I remember the first time I saw Beastie Boys, it was in the round at Wembley Arena in London.  
My landlord was a bit dodgy and insisted on cash payments, so I dodged him for a week so I 
could afford the ticket. It was amazing, the thing I remember the most is that my friend and I 
were totally outnumbered on the floor, surrounded by guys throwing themselves around,
 it wasn't even a mosh pit, because the stage was revolving, it was more like a whirl pool, 
and the couple of guys we were with almost formed a barrier around us and we joked 
that Adrock, Mike D and MCA had looked down on us concerned  for our well being.

The next time I saw them was at the Big Day Out, in I think 2005 and then at their side show at 
Festival Hall a couple of days later. It was my birthday and in usual Melbourne style we had had 
insanely schizophrenic weather and it was pouring outside. By the time I got to 
Festival Hall I was drenched and shivering, but it didn't damped my spirits. I was beside myself 
to see them in a small venue and it blew my mind. 

The last time I saw them was at Good Vibes in 2007 and at the Myer Music Bowl, the sound 
is pretty crap when you're up on the hill but the show was again etched into my memory.

It's selfish to think that I'll never be able to add to those memories, especially when there are family and friends grieving for their loved one, but I can say I am truly honoured that I have these memories.

(Rapping In Peace)
Thanks for the memories

Well played Chris Martin, well played!

1 comment:

  1. I saw the revolving stage concert too ... I was in Belguim. Such a fun night with some crazy dancing and great songs!