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Performance Date: 26 Dec 1986

Country: United States
City: New York, NY
Venue: Ritz, The

Other Bands/Artists at the Show:

  • Murphy's Law


Licensed to Ill Tour - tour opener
1. Slow and Low
2. The New Style
3. She's Crafty
4. Time to Get Ill
5. She's on It
6. Paul Revere
7. Rhymin' and Stealin'
8. Posse in Effect
9. Slow Ride
10. No Sleep till Brooklyn
11. Fight for Your Right
The New York Times, December 29, 1986
By Jon Pareles:

Dumb fun, bad attitudes and rude noise are vital to rock-and-roll, and as the music absorbs one shock tactic, along comes another. Right now, there's a new kind of rude rock in the making. It mixes two styles that grate on parents and appeal directly to teen-agers: rap and heavy metal. Run-D. M. C. pioneered rap-metal music with "Rock Box"; the Beastie Boys, abetted by Run-D. M. C.'s producer, Rick Rubin, have made rap-metal music a vehicle for teen-agers' jokey, antisocial fantasies. On their album, Licensed to Ill, the three Beastie Boys -- King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz), Mike D (Michael Diamond) and the hoarse-voiced MCA (Adam Yauch) -- are loudmouthed brats backed by loud guitars and a lean rhythm-box beat.

On stage Friday at the Ritz, the Beastie Boys did their best to live up to Licensed to Ill. As they shouted rhymes, danced the "Jerry Lewis" and shambled around the stage, the Boys -- wearing red, white and blue T-shirts -- poured beer on one another's heads and spewed it into the audience. Meanwhile, two disk jockeys, Hurricane and Mr. Bill, played backup tracks (including a bit of the "Mister Ed" theme), a woman named Eloise danced in a cage, and unnamed bouncers repulsed the audience members who repeatedly climbed onstage.

Although the Beastie Boys used to devote a good part of their sets to audience-baiting, they now stick more closely to their raps, which are alternately bragging and slapstick. In "Hold It, Now Hit It," MCA shouts, "I'm a killer at large and I'm on the loose." In the more realistic "Fight for the Right (to Party)," the Beastie Boys complain about parents, high-school teachers and undone homework.

The Beastie Boys aren't exactly original -- they rap in the cadences of Run-D.M.C. -- and compared to such calmly amoral rappers as Schooly D, they're virtually a comedy act. Yet for the moment, the Beastie Boys' crafty backup tracks and personal bravado promise to put sheer obnoxiousness back in the rock-and-roll spotlight.