Almost ten years on from their final live performance, the surviving members of the Beastie Boys are set to head out on the road to launch their new memoir.
Last year, the Beastie Boys released their aptly-titled, career-spanning memoir, the Beastie Boys Book. Featuring countless stories, anecdotes, and in-depth tales of their time together, the book is an intriguing look at one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time.
In addition to the book’s release, the surviving members of the Beastie Boys also released an audiobook adaptation, which features voice talent from the likes of Steve Buscemi, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell, Bette Midler, and members of Public Enemy, Sonic Youth, Wilco, and Pulp.
Now, with Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz in the process of promoting the new book, it has been announced that the pair will be filming their upcoming release shows for an as-yet-unexplained project.
Check out a sample of the Beastie Boys Book audiobook adaptation:
As Billboard reports, the pair spoke at South By Southwest in Texas last week, revealing that they had missed an opportunity by not filming their recent appearances in Los Angeles.
“We wrote this book,” explained Mike D, “and instead of going to book stores and us reading chapters, which probably would’ve kind of sucked, we did these shows where we were on stage, coming together.”
“It was kinda like a production, and we forgot to film the things we did before,” Ad-Rock added. “We were like ‘Fuck, why don’t we just film it?’”
Their upcoming launch shows – taking place in New York and Philadelphia this April – will be filmed by acclaimed director Spike Jonze, who also helmed the iconic video for their 1994 track ‘Sabotage’.
While it’s not clear what sort of project the Beastie Boys are planning with this footage, it seems that with Spike Jonze on board, you can rest assured it will be up to their ever-consistent quality.