Ailing Beastie Boy Adam Yauch (aka MCA) clearly has a lot of friends. Yauch’s band had to pull out of the All Points West festival this weekend due to his treatment for cancer, but several artists more than made up for their omission by offering covers of classic Beastie Boys songs.
Jay-Z replaced the Beastie Boys as a headline act on Friday (July 31), and he opened his set with a version of “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn.” On Sunday (August 2), Coldplay closed out the festival with a strangely melancholy take on “(You Gotta) Fight For You Right (To Party).”
The festivalgoers were tormented by rain all weekend, causing some of the Sunday acts to have their appearances canceled by the organizers. Rain-soaked one-day ticket holders on Friday were even invited to come back for free for another round of rain and bands on either Saturday or Sunday.