Beasties thought Yauch would make it
Surviving Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond believed Adam Yauch was going to win his battle against cancer, because of his courage and confidence.
And they say their bandmate, who died last month, was never scared of what lay ahead.
Horovitz tells Rolling Stone: “You would get swept up in his excitement and positivity. He had that extra drive to see things through. We each had our roles – one of his was the make-it-happen person.
“We recorded a few months ago – it wasn’t any different from before. We spent more time making fart jokes and ordering food, which was true to form. I don’t believe Adam was afraid. Bummed out, yeah – but I can’t think when I ever saw him afraid.”
Diamond adds: “He had us fooled in the most beautiful way. I wouldn’t trade that optimism for anything – because the other option is no fun.”
The Beastie Boys will probably never work again, but Diamond, for one, says he believes there’s more music in him. “Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted, but never got around to.”
Horovitz admits he’s still mired up in the recovery process. “I’m walking the dog and I’ll start crying in the street. It’s pretty fucking crazy. But he hadn’t been afraid in a long time. That gives me peace.”
Meanwhile, the funeral of Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer Robert Nix will be held today in Batesville, Mississippi. He died on Sunday at the age of 67. Nix started his career as a member of Roy Orbison’s Candymen before working with Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Stones, the Allman Brothers and Ronnie Van Zant, among others. He was with the ARS from 1971 until 1979 and appeared on nine albums.