The year was 2009, the Beastie Boys were scheduled to headline Outside Lands in San Francisco, and then came the announcement: MCA was sick. Throat cancer.
The Beastie Boys had to cancel the show. When Adam "MCA" Yauch died in 2012, at the age of 47, it officially meant no more performances from the New York-based rap group.
Fast-forward to 2018, and to the release of the group autobiography Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct, and today's announcement: the Beastie Boys' Mike D, Adrock and Mix Master Mike will appear at City Arts & Lectures on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Nourse Theater.
There's no official word on if the group will perform any music, but the announcement includes "readings, conversations between Mike D, Adrock and a special guest moderator, Q&A sessions—all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike." An art exhibit with a mixtape soundtrack is part of the event, too, and every entrant gets a free copy of the book.
Tickets, at $75 a pop, go on sale Friday, Sept, 28, at 10am. (Members of City Arts & Lectures can buy them Tuesday at 10am.) Considering that San Francisco is one of only four cities to host the tour, tickets will disappear fast. More details here.