Beastie Boys Members Testify in Monster Energy Drink Case

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.02.14 in News

The Beastie Boys are in a legal dispute over the unlicensed use of their music once again, merely two and a half months after they settled a very public case against the toy company GoldieBlox. According to the New York Daily News, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz testified in their $1 million suit against Monster Energy Drink last week, saying the company never asked for permission to use their music in a promotional video called “Ruckus in the Rockies.” The answer would have been no — the Beastie Boys have a loose policy against licensing their songs to commercials — but, hey, at least a recent Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (the d.o.a. action film Sabotage) asked.

“It felt like too much of an endorsement,” Diamond said of the movie’s big money offer for the trio’s “Sabotage” track. “We weren’t fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s recent … work.”

Among the other revelations in last week’s testimony was the not-all-that-surprising confirmation that the Beastie Boys won’t be touring or recording under that name anytime soon, as a sign of respect to Adam Yauch, who died of cancer complications in 2012.

“We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Diamond explained. “We can’t make new music.”

Here’s one proper way of paying homage then…