Horovitz talks about new album and tour

From Billboard.com:
Beastie Boys in the 'Middle' of New Album
By John Benson

As the Beastie Boys prepare to begin their barnstorming Get Out and Vote tour, the group is also at work on the follow-up to the 2007 instrumental album "The Mix-Up."

"We're actually in the middle of recording it right now," group member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz tells Billboard. "We hope to have it out sometime next year. It's a lot of vocals, a lot of words -- very wordy. And it's political, depending on what you call political. You know, if toilet talk and fart jokes are political, which they can be, in that sense yeah, very."

Any chance of new material getting played on the "Get Out and Vote 08" tour? "I don't think so," Horovitz laughs. "It's always weird when you play the new songs that people don't know. Anytime we play new songs, it always seems like a brick."

Horovitz says the decision to stage Get Out and Vote came down to the simple fact that in the last presidential election, 70 million registered voters didn't make to the polls.

"70 million people is a lot of people to not vote," Horovitz says. "So this all happened really quick, like a month or so ago and within the past few weeks, literally. We were just stressing on what to do and then we were like, 'We're a band and we play shows, so let's go to these swing states.' We thought it would be a good idea to get people to vote.

"Basically, we just called a bunch of people and asked them if they wanted to play," he says. "It's literally like, whoever called us back (is on the tour)."

The seven-date trek begins Oct. in Charlotte, N.C., and runs through Nov. 2 in Denver. Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Crosby & Nash, Santogold and Tenacious D will play in different incarnations throughout. Horovitz says the Beasties also reached out to De La Soul, Nas, Nine Inch Nails and Moby, but those acts were unable to participate for scheduling reasons.

More articles on Get Out and Vote tour:
Creativeloafing.com: Beastie Boys heading to Amos' Southend (Horovitz)
Fredericksburg.com: Beastie Boys fight for your right to politics (Diamond)
Inrich.com: Message of tour with Beastie Boys, others is 'Literally, vote' (Horovitz)
Washingtonpost.com: Six-ish Questions For ... the Beastie Boys (Yauch!)
MTV.com: Beastie Boys Tour The Swing States Before Election Day Because That's Where 'Every Vote Matters' (with video clip)

6 comments:

6:45 PM Spiffy D said...

You go Beasties!

Way to be good citizens.

Let's do this thing!

10:46 PM Fittonia said...

Hooray for toilet talk and fart jokes!

4:18 AM annaD said...

The boys are my fave band of all time but it is frustrating when they take forever to release new material. Possibly next year...

2:14 PM Evans Mama said...

I can't wait until the Dayton show this Thursday!! I've been a fan for over 20 years but this is my first bboys show. This will also be my 10yr old sons first concert ever. SO STOKED!

12:25 PM Spiffy D said...

Wow Evans Mama, you are in for a treat. It's not often that you get to do something that you'll never forget for your entire life. Hope you both have a blast!

1:33 AM b-boys#1fan said...

i cant beliveee it!!
ther finally coming out with a new albumm!!
im sooo excited!!
im gunna be the first one 2 buy it!!!
lol

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