Following the death of member MCA, the Beastie Boys declared an end of the legendary group.
Three years after his passing, nothing has changed. Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, offered closure to fans about the status of the Beastie Boys in a recent interview with GQ, responding with a firm “no” when asked if he’s considered continuing on with the group without MCA (real name Adam Yauch).
“We’re done,” Ad-Rock said. “Oh yeah. Adam Yauch started the band. It’s not like a thing where we could continue without him… It’s a huge deal. And so, you know, it’s probably just taken me time to sit and think and try to figure out what I do next or who I am now or, you know, all of that stuff. Because since high school, I was in this band. And you know, it’s one thing when you’re in a band in high school, but then to have it last for so long — that’s who I am and what I did forever. And so now, I’m just trying to figure it out.”
As far as the future, he referred to the transition as “sad” and depressing, adding that the loss of MCA has left him with a “huge hole” in his heart.
“The scale of it — the scale tips way more to the very sad and depressed,” said Ad-Rock. “And, the fun thinking about it, you know, happens sometimes. But Adam was one of my best friends; I saw him more than I saw my whole family. You know, me, Adam, and Mike were together every day, recording, touring, as friends. And so: huge hole. The other part of it is the being able to afford to just sit around and think, because I think it’s good that I can have time to sort of figure out how to get through it all. But you know, if I had to go work a job, I’d work a job and just, you know, not be able to think about it.”
Read Ad-Rock’s full interview at GQ.com.