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On January 8, "Under the Influence: An Official Tribute to Beastie Boys," an exhibition of Beastie Boys-inspired art, opens at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

On January 19, Beastie Boys play a special inaugural show to benefit Rock the Vote with Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope, and other artists at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Mid-January, Money Mark joins Brazilian musician Curumin on tour for several performances in the United States.

Adam Horovitz produces three tracks on Japanese rap band Teriyaki Boyz' second album, titled Serious Japanese: "Please Come (Intro)," "(Can’t) Bake That Fape" (co-produced with Takagi Kan), and "Get the Hell (Outro)." The album is released on January 28.


On February 2, organizers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announce the official line-up of the 4-day music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Beastie Boys are confirmed as one of the headliners.

Beastie Boys relaunch their website to promote the release of the remastered version of Paul's Boutique.

Adam Horovitz contributes to New York Fashion Week (February 13-20) by making a runway mix for Built by Wendy.

On February 21, Adam Yauch attends the opening reception of Bill McMullen's exhibition "Hype, Hustle, Ripoff" at the Constant Gallery in Los Angeles. Yauch also attends the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards while in Los Angeles, where he tells the BBC News that the Beastie Boys are in the process of mastering their new album, tentatively titled Tadlock's Glasses.

On February 28, Adam Horovitz begins a blog at Skullsnaps.org.


On March 16, Beastie Boys announce a single concert in Los Angeles on September 24 at the Hollywood Bowl with the announcement of a collector's edition release of Check Your Head on March 30.

Adam Horovitz remixes a song for Mexican Institute of Sound. The song, titled "Alocatel (Ad Rock Remix)," is available to download for free at RCRDLBL.com.

Mid-month, Adam Yauch attends the South by Southwest Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

On March 30, organizers of the All Points West Festival announce Beastie Boys will headline the first day of the three-day music festival in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 31.

On March 31, organizers of the Osheaga Music Festival announce Beastie Boys will headline the second day of the two-day music festival in Montreal, Quebec, on August 2.


On April 8, Mike Diamond is interviewed on BBC Radio 2.

On April 13, organizers of the Outside Lands Festival announce Beastie Boys will headline one day of the three-day music festival on August 28-30 in San Francisco, California.

On April 14, Beastie Boys attend the premiere of Grey Gardens, a HBO film based on the 1975 documentary by the Maysles Brothers, at the Ziegeld Theater in New York City. The film, which stars Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange, was executive produced by Adam Horovitz's sister.

On April 20, Adam Yauch attends a screening of Tyson, a documentary about boxer Mike Tyson.

On April 21, organizers of Lollapalooza announce Beastie Boys will perform at the Chicago music festival, which takes place August 7-9.

On April 22, Mike Diamond and Tamra Davis attend the Food Bank of New York City's Can-Do Awards.

On April 28, organizers of Austin City Limits announce Beastie Boys will perform at the Austin music festival on October 2-4. Beastie Boys are also confirmed for a live set for the Austin City Limits television show.

A remastered version of Check Your Head is released.


Some fans who ordered the Check Your Head collector's vinyl set discover a surprise bonus 7-inch record containing two new, unreleased songs in the set. The first track, titled "Lee Majors Come Again," is rap over hardcore instrumentation. The second track, titled "B Boys in the Cut," is an a cappella.

Mix Master Mike announces performance dates in the United States, Canada, and Europe for the months of May, June, and July.

Adam Yauch joins the Independent Filmmaker Projects' board of directors and is fetted at a reception in New York City on May 4. On the same day, Yauch attends a teaching by the Dalai Lama at the Beacon Theater.

On May 7, Adam Yauch attends a screening of "Burma VJ" at the HBO Theater in New York City.

On May 12, Adam Yauch attends the "Welcome to Gulu" exhibition and benefit in New York City.

Adam Yauch attends the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) in France.

On May 14, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz appear on the season finale of the television show "30 Rock."

On May 24, Beastie Boys reveal the title of their new album as Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 in their official fan e-newsletter.

On May 25, Beastie Boys appear on the television show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Fallon interviews the band and then asks if they will perform (they are not the musical guests). Beastie Boys oblige by performing "So What'cha Want" with The Roots, who are the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" house band.

On May 30, Beastie Boys attend the MTV Japan Video Music Awards in Tokyo, where they receive the Street Icon Award.

On May 31, Mix Master Mike performs at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg.


On June 3, Beastie Boys announce two Bonnaroo warm-up shows in Baltimore, Maryland, and Asheville, North Carolina.

On June 9, Beastie Boys perform a show at Rams Head in Baltimore, Maryland, where they premiere "Lee Majors Come Again" and "B Boys in the Cut." The show marks the return of Country Mike, who performs "Heart Attack Man." The band also perform with old friend Biz Markie, who opens the show for them.

On June 10, Beastie Boys perform a show at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, again with Biz Markie as opener.

On June 11, Beastie Boys headline the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, where they premiere a new song titled "Too Many Rappers." The performance includes a surprise appearance by Nas, who guest vocals on the song. The Beastie Boys' set at Bonnaroo ends with an embarrassingly bad performance of "Sabotage." Adam Yauch later explains the bad performance was due to technical failure.

On June 19, a special segment featuring the Beastie Boys with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog airs on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

On June 20, Adam Yauch participates in a film finance conference at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

On June 23, Beastie Boys attend The Dead Weather show in London.

On June 23, Beastie Boys announce the tracklisting for Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 and an album release date of September 15 in their official fan e-newsletter. They also announce a concert in Chicago, Illinois, on August 6. On the same day, Beastie Boys appear on the Zane Lowe Show on BBC radio, where "B Boys in the Cut" and "Lee Majors Come Again" have their radio premiere.

On June 28, Money Mark performs a free show in Long Beach, California as part of the Downtown Long Beach Summer Music Series.


Mix Master Mike announces more solo tour dates in Canada and the United States in August and September.

On July 7, Beastieboys.com changes to an Ill Communication theme to celebrate the release of the remastered version of the album.

On July 9, Mix Master Mike attends the Michael Jackson memorial show in Los Angeles.

On July 10, organizers of the San Diego Street Scene Festival announce Beastie Boys will headline the California music festival on August 29.

On July 17, Money Marks performs with Mexican Institute of Sound at a record release party in Mexico.

On July 20, Adam Yauch announces that he has cancer in a video statement. Yauch explains the Beastie Boys will reschedule their album release and tour dates after he receives treatment and is well.

On July 21, "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas is released as a single on vinyl and as a digital download.

On July 24, Adam Yauch undergoes surgery to remove cancer from his salivary gland.

On July 31, Jay-Z, who replaces Beastie Boys as headliner at the All Points West Festival in Jersey City, New Jersey, opens his set with "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," paying tribute to Adam Yauch. Coldplay also pay tribute to the Beastie Boys by performing "Fight for Your Right."


On August 4, Beastie Boys are nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the category of "Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman)" for their video of "Sabotage," which was directed by Spike Jonze.

On August 5 (Adam Yauch's birthday), Yauch updates fans on his health in the official fan e-newsletter. He draws a positive picture of recovery and thanks the fans for their support.

On August 6, Mix Master Mike play a free show at the Belmont Army in Chicago, Illinois.

On August 12, Money Mark performs with N.A.S.A. at Los Angeles' El Ray Theatre.

For a few days at the end of the month, Amazon.com accidentally makes the digital album of the remastered edition of Hello Nasty available to purchase and download a full month in advance of the scheduled release date of September 22. Amazon.com discover its mistake and removes the download.

On August 30, EA Sports announce Beastie Boys have contributed a new song, titled "Pop Your Balloon," to the soundtrack for the video game NBA Live 10.


On September 8, Money Mark releases an album, recorded with his friends Shawn Lee and Tommy Guerrero, under the name of Lord Newborn & the Magic Skulls.

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas publishes a calendar that shows celebrities and individuals with Down syndrome sharing a passion. Adam Yauch is featured in the 2010 calendar.

On September 13, Beastie Boys are awarded a MTV Video Music Award in the category of "Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman)" for their video of "Sabotage."

On September 14, Adam Horovitz and Kathleen Hanna appear on WFMU Radio's "Beastin' the Airwaves with Keili" show. The 3-hour show includes the couple discussing their thoughts on success and youth empowerment, among other topics.

On September 22, the remastered edition of Hello Nasty is released.


On October 3, Mix Master Mike performs at an afterparty show for the Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On October 7, Adam Yauch updates fans on his health in the official fan e-newsletter. Yauch shares that after finishing radiation treatment in New York City, he went to India to see Tibetan doctors.

On October 12, Adam Horovitz attends a screening of Schmatta, an HBO documentary about New York's garment district, at the HBO Theater in New York City. Horovitz' former brother-in-law, Donovan Leitch, was a consulting producer for the film.

On October 13, Beastie Boys attend a party celebrating the NYC premiere of Spike Jonze's film Where the Wild Things Are at the Museum of Modern Art.

On October 20, the compilation album Yo Gabba Gabba: Music Is Awesome is released. The album contains Money Mark's song "Robo Dancing," which he wrote for an appearance on the children's television show.

Mix Master Mike creates a Twitter account and begins tweeting updates.


In a magazine interview, singer Norah Jones reveals that the Beastie Boys have completed a remix of a song on her new album.

On November 8, Adam Yauch attends the New York City premiere of "The Messenger." It is his first public outing since his cancer announcement and surgery.

On November 16, Adam Horovitz and Kathleen Hanna dj at the Tony Clifton and Vaginal Davis concert at Santos Party House in New York City.

On November 21, Mix Master Mike performs at the Quiksilver Tony Hawk Show in Paris.


On December 1, "That's What I Said (The NYC Remix by Adrock and Mike D)" by Norah Jones begins streaming at RCRDLBL.com.

On December 2, Beastie Boys are nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas.


United States : 14
Canada : 1


Check Your Head : 7
Hello Nasty : 5
Ill Communication : 6
Lee Majors Come Again : 1
Paul's Boutique : 5
Solid Gold Hits : 1
Too Many Rappers : 3
Bootlegs : 7
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