Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz offered closure to fans in regards to the status of the Beastie Boys, during a newly-published interview with GQ magazine. The Beastie Boys member confirmed that the rap trio was “done” once Adam Yauch passed away from cancer in 2012.
Horovitz also offered a firm “no” when asked if he’s considered continuing on with the group without Yauch. The New York City-born musician later spoke on figuring out what path he wants to take with his life now that he’s no longer a part of a band he was a member of for decades.
“We’re done,” Adam Horovitz said. “Oh yeah. Adam Yauch started the band. It’s not like a thing where we could continue without him… It’s a huge deal. And so, you know, it’s probably just taken me time to sit and think and try to figure out what I do next or who I am now or, you know, all of that stuff. Because since high school, I was in this band. And you know, it’s one thing when you’re in a band in high school, but then to have it last for so long—that’s who I am and what I did forever. And so now I’m just trying to figure it out.”
In addition to speaking on the official disbanding of the Beastie Boys, Horovitz spoke on the transition from Beastie Boys members to whatever may be next for him. He referred to the transition as “sad” and depressing.
The Beastie Boys lyricist then stated that the loss of Yauch, who he says he was around more than his own family, left him with a “huge hole.”
“The scale of it—the scale tips way more to the very sad and depressed,” he said. “And the fun thinking about it, you know, happens sometimes. But Adam was one of my best friends; I saw him more than I saw my whole family. You know, me, Adam, and Mike were together every day, recording, touring, as friends. And so: huge hole. The other part of it is the being able to afford to just sit around and think, because I think it’s good that I can have time to sort of figure out how to get through it all. But you know, if I had to go work a job, I’d work a job and just, you know, not be able to think about it.”
Adam Horovitz’ full interview can be read at GQ.com.
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