Eighteen months after being diagnosed with cancer, Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch is on the mend - and the hip-hop icons are forging ahead with their comeback album Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2, due out this Spring.
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"[It's] a good thing," the Beasties' Mike D told the BBC of Yauch winning his health battle. "We're really happy about it."
Before the group drops their new album, they will finish making a music video - which D says will be more of mini-movie. "It's not even a video, it's a film-eo," he said. "A cinematic, short film."
Expect the "film-eo" to be a remake of the group's 1986 classic "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)," which Yauch is slated to premiere at Sundance this month. The short film - titled Fight For Your Right Revisited - features an all-star cast of actors, including Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black. According to the Sundance website, the movie is subtitled: "After the boys leave the party..."
As SPIN previously reported, Beastie Boys announced plans to shelve Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1 and release Part 2 instead - although the only real difference is the title. Part 2 will feature the tracklisting that was originally slated for Part 1.As Yauch explained, "Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee, Part 1. So we've come full circle."