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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.

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

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.