Beastie Boys mix it up like good paella

Click on the photo to see a slideshow of photos from the show (Flash required). Alternatively, view the photoset at Flickr.

Power animal = The owl
Power weapon = Sharpened and poisonous mah-jong tile

The Beastie Boys second set at the Sonar Festival took place in an area that was almost triple the size of where the Gala Event was staged the previous night, with triple the number of people in attendance. The environment was hot and heavy before the band went on stage.

With audio of most of the show available and the tale of the crazy biting woman told, there is little left to say about this show.

The band opened with "Gratitude," which began with a very cool extended intro by Señor Yauch. (He also played it at the Gala Event the previous night.) They then performed a string of their hip-hop hits, beginning with "Root Down" (complimented with The Weave!), before chilling with a string of instrumental songs. For the second half of the show, Beastie Boys served up more hip-hop hits, sprinkled with a dash of hardcore songs, and presented with a special sidedish -- the premiere performance of "The Gala Event."

A number of shout-outs were given throughout the show. Horovitz gave a shout-out to Devo, acknowledging their presence in the VIP area before explaining it was his weird dream come true (i.e., Devo seeing Beastie Boys perform live instead of vice versa). Mike gave shout-outs to audience members who had dressed to impress.

The show included a lot of rump shaking by Señors Diamond and Horovitz that culminated with a dance contest between the two. (If you watch the slideshow, you can see the dancing in motion.)

Money Mark was equally energetic, doing power jumps during "Heart Attack Man" and "Sabotage." (Watch Mark in motion in the slideshow.) The show concluded with Mark doing a flip in the center of the stage.

Time for Living
14th Street Break
Root Down
Pass the Mic
Super Disco Breakin' [video]
Sure Shot
Triple Trouble [video]
Electric Worm
Ricky's Theme
Lighten Up
In 3's
Egg Raid on Mojo
The Maestro
Flute Loop
Brass Monkey
3 MCs and 1 DJ
Groove Holmes
The Gala Event
Tough Guy
Ch-Check It Out
Body Movin'
So What'cha Want
MMM Interlude
Heart Attack Man
Sabotage (dedicated to you-know-poo)[video]



2:50 PM Realifry said...

Wow! They played Groove Holmes. That song is probably their best instrumental in their old albums (haven't heard the Mix-Up yet). You all gotta hear the version they did in Brixton Academy in 1995, incorporating Fried Neckbone into the song. If they do that in the incoming shows I would go to heaven fo' sura.

6:07 PM David said...

Was this a gala event? There are a lot of instrumentals listed on the set list.

8:25 PM Hot Sauce said...

No, it was supposed to be a "regular" show, but it definitely seemed more like a Gala Event show. I hope that the two shows aren't morphing into one. I want the U.S. to see Gala Event shows.

Speaking of Gala Event...I loved that they premiered the song "The Gala Event" at a show I was at. It's the song I most wanted to see performed.

9:50 AM Iker Insausti said...

Flute loop mix on The Blackbyrds - Rock Creek Park, just as in Glasgow 1999. I love this song

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