We’re still reeling from the loss of Adam “MCA” Yauch, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. While there’s been no official announcement, we can’t see Mike D and Ad-Rock touring as the Beastie Boys in the future, but stranger things have happened. For this installment of Boot Camp, we’re going to highlight five must-have Beastie Boys bootlegs from throughout their career that every fan should have. None of them are hosted here, but we’ll point you in the right direction.
02/07/1987 @ Hollywood Palladium AUD [MP3 via BeastieMixes]
One of the only recordings to circulate from the License To Ill days, this boot features the BBoys performing with Run D.M.C. and marks the Beasties first headlining gig in the Los Angeles area. While it’s one of only two audience recording on our list, it’s worth checking out.
A soundboard from the Check Your Head days, this Randy’s Rodeo recording has been making the rounds since the days after the show. There’s a nice mix of the trio on their instruments (along with backing musicians) as well as MCing. Tracks from License To Ill, Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head make up the majority of this boot.
The Beastie Boys were one of the headliners at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on June 15 and 16, 1996. Here we have a soundboard recording of the BBoys’ set from the 15th which was seen by over 100,000 people. Just four years after the last boot on our list, this set features a completely different setlist that focuses on Ill Communication material.
This soundboard from 1998, which contains a fantastic mix of tracks from the Beastie Boys’ first four albums, came out of the woodwork recently. Oddly, some of the tracks are broken up into two parts on the circulating copy.
The Beastie Boys’ last live show took place at Bonnaroo in 2009, where a few tapers were on hand to capture this historic performance. Surprisingly, the setlist isn’t all that different from the show above, which took place 11 years earlier.
Head over to BeastieMixes for a full repository of Beastie Boys live recordings.