After two years of silence, the Beastie Boys are back on the scene.
The first white rap group into survive through the '90s, the Beastie Boys - Mike D (Diamond), MCA (Adam Yauch) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) - have released "Hello Nasty."And the boys are taking a tour that will stop at the E Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Mix Master Mike will warm up the show with some heavy bass mixes.
Although the Beastie Boys formed in 1979 with Luscious Jackson's drummer Kate Shellenbach and guitarist John Berry as a hardcore punk outfit, the group decided to link that angst with rap and hip-hop.
By 1984, the band had turned solely to rap and opened for Madonna during her "Virgin Tour."
Then came the breakthrough album, "License to Ill," which featured the single "Fight for Your Right (To Party)."
But the novelty of a white rap group soon pushed the boys to becoming parodies of themselves. That, along with numerous accusations of being violent and sexually suggestive and inciting riots, prompted the group to revamp its image and sound.
The result was the album "Paul's Boutique" in 1989, followed by "Check Your Head" and a compilation of their pre-rap material, "Some Old BS."
In 1994, "Ill Communication," which could have been "Check Your Head, Part II," hit the shelves and the group found itself co-headlining the 1994 Lollapalooza tour with the Smashing Pumpkins.
The extended play disc "Aglio E Olio," and the full-length, instrumental jazz and funk album "The In Sound from Way Out," kept the Beasties' name in the air.