Update: Per Pitchfork, reps have responded. “There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch.” Color us unsurprised.
It’s been three years since the death of Adam Yauch, but his fellow Beastie Boys, Ad Rock and Mike D (Adam Horowitz and Michael Diamond by birth), are still laying careful groundwork to protect their iconic group’s legacy. According to new legal documents, the remaining Beasties have filed a trademark application for the band’s name pertaining to “live performances by a musical group.”
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Though Pitchfork notes that a law blog claims this trademark application could mean the live return of the Beastie Boys, there’s no actual indication that it’s anything but a protective, preventative measure on Horowitz and Diamond’s part. Read the trademark filing docs here.