The Beastie Boys’ Mike D says the group has been unable to work since the passing of MCA.

“We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Mike D says in an interview with New York Daily News. “We can’t make new music.”

In the interview, Mike D also explained the group’s perspective on licensing music for commercials. 

“We do not let our music get used in in commercials for commercial products,” he says.

Mike D recently testified in federal court as part of a $1 million lawsuit he’s filing against Monster Energy Drink for using a Beastie track on “Ruckus in the Rockies.” 

Another example of this came up when the Beastie Boys were recently asked to have “Sabotage” in Sabotage, an action film by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After MCA’s 2012 passing, Mike D posted the following message.

“I know, we should have tweeted and instagrammed every sad, happy and inspired thought, smile or tear by now. But honestly the last few days have just been a blur of deep emotions for our closest friend, band mate and really brother. I miss Adam so much. He really served as a great example for myself and so many of what determination, faith, focus, and humility coupled with a sense of humor can accomplish. The world is in need of many more like him. We love you Adam. BTW this photo sent to me by a friend, (thanks Saslow) is just one awesome example of how NYC is such a unique place that amidst it’s huge size and frenetic pace it really opens up it’s heart in so many ways and on on so many levels in times like these. And though it makes me cry sometimes, it has been really amazing and moving to see.  Mike.” 

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