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Beastie Boys @ The Greek, 8/19/07

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When Licensed to Ill came out in 1986 I was selling car stereos at the Federated Group in West LA. I sold so many good speakers and subwoofers thanks to "Brass Monkey" and "Slow & Low" that oftentimes my favorite demo tape would go "missing". I bought at least six of those tapes within a year. Only a few had been stolen, the rest had gotten worn out.

So when the Beasties played the Palladium the winter of 87 with Fishbone opening, I was all over it, and when they joined Run DMC on the Together Forever tour, I was even closer to the stage when they slid across the beer-soaked Greek that summer.

Twenty-one summers later the three bad brothers you know so well have returned, older, richer, and dressed way sharper.

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Photo essay of love after the jump of the summer concert you'd expect from the Beasties as they support their funky smooth all instrumental cd, The Mix Up.