Musicians Remember Beasties Boys’ Adam Yauch

Eminem says Adam Yauch of The Beastie Boys brought a lot of positivity and it’s obvious how much of an influence the Beasties had on him.

The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna in the 1980s, and Madonna says Yauch was one of a kind.

Perry Farrell says Yauch was “a guy who brought happiness and energy to so many.”

Tom Morello says Yauch’s “humor, talent and gentle soul are just irreplaceable.”

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day says he talked to Yauch almost every day on Lollapalooza ’94 and Yauch was “full of wisdom and encouragement for a freaked out kid like I was.”

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers says of Yauch, “God bless his beautiful soul. A class act all the way.”

Yauch died Friday in New York after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 47.

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Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz thanked the group’s fans for their support in the wake of his bandmate Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death on Friday in a post on the band’s official Tumblr.

“As you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now,” Horovitz wrote. “But i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you.”
Horovitz posted this comment along with a photograph of a hand with PWR2MCAI❤U drawn on with magic markers.

Earlier this morning, fellow Beastie Boy Mike “Mike D” Diamond offered his own words of gratitude to fans on Facebook. “I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother,” Diamond wrote. “I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam.”

(AP, Rolling Stone)

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