Before Beastie Boys played, Ricky Powell went on stage and told lame jokes for 10 minutes.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 7, 1992:
THE BEASTIE BOYS: ACT WILL BRING ITS RAP TO MISSISSIPPI NIGHTS MAY 8
The Beastie Boys will bring their whining, white renditions of rap to Mississippi Nights May 8. Members are Adam Yauch, known to his fans as MCA, Mike Diamond, or Mike D, and Adam Horovitz, the King Ad-Rock. The trio last visited St. Louis in 1987, riding the crest of its beer-powered blend of funk and juvenilia, Licensed to Ill. The release was produced by Rick Rubin, the founder of Def Jam Records. It featured the campy hits "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "Brass Monkey." It was the fastest-selling debut in Columbia Records history. The hype helped the group pack Kiel Auditorium. In the interim, the group split with Rubin and released one long-play record, the disappointing Paul's Boutique (1989). The Boys have also taken abuse from critics, who have accused them of pilfering, and diluting, a black musical art form for sale to unsuspecting suburban teens. Unsuspecting teens will certainly be welcome at the all-ages show. Basehead opens. Doors open 8 p.m., s how 9 p.m., Mississippi Nights, 914 N. 1st St., Laclede's Landing. $16 adv., $18 d.o.s. (421-3853).