The band was more than 25 years old. The sound was totally ass. The opening act sucked beyond expectations. So by what rights could the Beastie Boys put on such a fantastic performance at UC-Berkeley's Greek Theater last Saturday night?
Bravely standing under a Calderian LCD nightmare, the B-Boys tore through their most in-demand material over a quick two hours.
In spite of their releasing an instrumental LP in June, the Boys stuck to the hits and the more popular album tracks. And they gave their punk library a workout, opening with "Time for Living" and finding space for "Tough Guy," "Heart Attack Man" and "Gratitude."
"What's the time?"
Did I mention these guys are old?
"How old are they?"
The Beastie Boys in their current and enduring form released their first single in 1984. This means that the group is significantly older than any undergraduate student on the Berkeley campus. They had already released both a groundbreaking LP (Licensed to Ill) and a literally once-in-a-lifetime one (Paul's Boutique) before any of the incoming freshman class had even been born.
"Jebus. Were there any college kids at the show?"
Not that I could see, but I don't think school's fully in yet. But to put it in perspective, if you were like me and started attending university in the early '90s, the B-Boys are to today's college kids what Pink Floyd was to us. They may not see much difference between this B-Boys tour and, say, the Rolling Stones' endless death march.
But the Stones don't have Mix Master Mike, who still must be heard to be believed.
Peanut Butter Wolf opened and disappointed the crowd dramatically. For a man with a record collection as legendary as the label he runs, this obviously pod-person replacement of PBW crawled through an awfully conventional DJ set, focusing on top-40 classic rock and '80s pop. Fortunately, as I mentioned, the sound was ass.
More thrilling pics of the night are at Flickr, snitches.
Beastie Boys w/ Peanut Butter Wolf concert review
August 25, 2007
Greek Theater, Berkeley, California, USA