|Big Fat Love (Mike):
My wife woke me up one morning and said "do you know the Beastie Boys's lyrics"?
Freshly awakened, I responded "of course, why"? She responded "rap Paul
Revere". I obliged, and she told me that there was a contest on a local radio
station where listeners were competing for 50 sets of tickets for two to a
private Beastie showing, and that they were asking the listeners to quote lyrics
from Beastie songs. I jumped out of bed, ran to my collection, and grabbed
lyrics from every studio album. I called the radio station, and the phone
screener told me they were looking for "serious" Beastie fans only. I told her
that she had "absolutely no idea" how big a Beastie fan I was. She put me on
hold for the contest, and I got to listen to my opponent (who went first) recite
zero words from "It's Time To Get Ill". The DJ's put me on the air and told me
that essentially all I had to do was get one word right, I recited the first
verse, and won tickets to the show.
The show took place on 10/15/2004 at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta Georgia for
50 winners and their guests. I did not have any hard core Beastie fans that
were friends, so I emailed fellow collectors to see if they could make the show.
Sadly, no one could.
All winners were told prior to entering that no autographs would not be signed.
Just in case, I brought along my Polly Wog Stew US 7", Country Mikes Greatest
Hits (black vinyl) 12", and every studio release on US vinyl. I had a mini
poster with "Please sign my vinyl" on it. I was in the front row, and actually
put my records on the stage.
I really do not know what to say about the show except that it was a privilidge
to be 2 feet away from my favorite band. I have seen the Beasties about 14
times in various venues, and it was much like all of the other concerts I have
attended (except the stage was only about 2 feet high, and you could get close
enough to high five all of them).
The thing that impressed me the most was MMM. Mike, Mike, and Adam were all
relatively low key during the performance. They opened with a straight album
version of RRNN, but seemed to loosen up during Ch-Check It Out. MMM started
dropping in beats like he does during concerts, and it seemed that the Beasties
were energized by each new beat. So What'cha Want was the third and final song
of the set, and MMM was un-fucking-believable.
After the show the beasties did a 17 minute interview where they addressed
After the interview, MCA pointed in my direction and asked "can we sign this
guy's vinyl". I did not hear what the handler said, but the awnser was obviously
"no". The Beasties left the stage, and I left the site to find the back door.
I was waiting for the Beasties as they left the back of the venue with a sign
that said "Please Sign My Vinyl". There was only 3 persons there waiting
(myself, the guy that came with me, and another fan). Ad-rock saw the sign and
said "Sorry, (pointing to his handler) he says 'no'".
Honestly, it took some time to get over the fact that they would not take the
time to sign a record that I had paid over $500.00 for, especially considering
that I have devoted so much personal time to collecting their music. I really
got my feelings hurt. I was so pissed because I knew that this was the best
opportunity I was ever going to have, and I got blown off. In retrospect, they
had no way of knowing how long I have been utterly devoted to the music, (or for
that matter wheter or not I was some type of psycho), and I got over being upset
about not getting my vinyl signed.
Each of the 50 contest winners receive an lanyard with a psuedo-pass (I say that
because there was no back stage access, and the passes were more of a sort of
memorobelia), as well as an empty cd case with a note inside stating "Don't look so sad. Your very own Beastie Boys Live X CD will be ready in approximately Four (4) weeks".
Being a huge fan I called the number on the insert to ask what was taking so
long with the release, and I was told that since portions of the show were to be
used on a future commercial release, that the Beasties had insisted that they
were able to review and "clean up the recording". To my knowledge the only
portion of the show that was ever released commercially was on on a VA
compilation released by WNNX (the radio station who sponsered the private show)
titled Live X 10.