Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond Talk About Adam Yauch

It would have been completely understandable if, in the days following Adam Yauch’s death, his Beastie Boys bandmates Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond had chosen to stay silent. Instead, graciously, they each released short statements online that let their fans know just a tiny bit about what it was they were going through. On, Ad-Rock wrote, “as you can imagine, shit is just fkd up right now. but i wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. i’m glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. thank you.” Diamond followed up with a post on the band’s Facebook page, writing in part, “I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam.” He also posted this photo and explained that it’s “just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it’s huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it’s heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.”


Now, a few weeks later, Diamond and Horovitz have expanded on those thoughts for the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. Excerpts of the two interviews are online now, and they’re a necessary read. There’s fascinating stuff from the two reminiscing about recording and palling around with Yauch. Even more impressive is how candid they allow themselves to be about his death.

Horovitz explains that he’s “totally numb. My wife is like, ‘I want to make sure you’re getting it out.’ But then I’m walking the dog and I’ll start crying on the street.” He remembers how, after Yauch’s diagnosis, “He said, ‘I’m gonna be okay.’ He’s been right about most shit so far. So I believe him. You would get swept up in his excitement and positivity. We recorded a few months ago. It wasn’t any different from before. We spent more time making fart jokes and ordering food, which was true to form. That’s why it always took so long for us to put records out … I don’t believe Adam was afraid. Bummed out, yeah. But I can’t think when I ever saw him afraid. We got jumped in Brooklyn one time, so we’ve been afraid in that sense. But, man, he hadn’t been afraid in a long time. That gives me peace.”

Diamond remembers the last recording session as well, saying, “Adam instigated it. It could only come from him, in terms of where he was at with treatment. It was stuff we had written or demo-ed, and there were new ideas. He wasn’t sure he was able to do vocals. But after a bit, we ended up doing them. And he was fine. It was a way for him to say, ‘Yeah, I’m doing it.'” As for his future in the industry, Diamond says, “I can see making music. I don’t know about a band format. But Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to.” And he adds, of Yauch’s three-year illness, “He had us fooled in the most beautiful way. I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back. But I wouldn’t trade that optimism for anything … [b]ecause the other option is no fun.”

Go read the interviews here and here.

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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