While the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was certainly celebratory, tomorrow's 9 p.m. premiere of the footage on HBO will be met by a somber tone in the wake of today's news that Beastie Boys founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch has died. The seminal rap group was immortalized at the musical shrine during the April 14 ceremony, though Yauch was reportedly too ill to attend. HBO is now planning to dedicate the show to Yauch, according to Billboard.
An HBO spokesperson tells Billboard.com that the show's ending has been changed to include a photo of the rapper and musician -- who passed away on Friday at the age of 47, following a nearly three-year battle with cancer -- with text that reads "In Memory of Adam Yauch." The two-and-a-half-hour show had already been altered to include Levon Helm and Dick Clark during the In Memoriam section, even though both died during the week following the event.
Without Yauch, the Beastie Boys did not perform at the event, but fellow members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond read a letter from their missing bandmate, collected the honor from fellow rappers Chuck D and LL Cool J, and took in a tribute medley from Kid Rock, Gym Class Heroes's Travie McCoy, and the Roots.
The April 14 show ran five-and-a-half hours but will be edited down by HBO into a more manageable two-and-a-half hours of footage. Other inductees include singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, eclectic group the Red Hot Chili Peppers, blues artist Freddie King, wild rockers Guns N' Roses (without singer Axl Rose, who declined the invitation), and British legends the Faces/Small Faces.
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