Ad-Rock and Mike D have rejected speculation that a Beastie Boys live reunion is on the cards.
The remaining two members of the iconic NYC rap outfit recently filed a filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the Beastie Boys name in conjunction with “live performances by a musical group.” If legal documents are your jam you can check it out here, as Pitchfork points out.
Lawyer David Lizerbram suggested that the application could to point to some kind of reunion and live performance, but added that “it’s possible that their attorney (who signed the application on their behalf) filed this application for some other reason that we don’t know of, or that it was filed in error.”
Sadly for the fans, a representative for the band has maintained that there is no reunion on the horizon: “There will never be Beastie Boys live performances without Adam Yauch.”
It’s seems likely that the trademark application is intended to prevent any infringement on the Beastie Boys’ name and music. The band have spent much of the three years since their bandmate Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch’s death tied up in legal cases to stop their tracks being used for commercial purposes. Ad-Rock and Mike D were recently awarded $668,000 in damages after prevailing in their battle to stop Monster Energy from using their songs in a promotional video.
During the lawsuit against Monster Energy, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys will not be making any new music as a duo. “We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can’t make new music,” he said in his testimony.
Mike D recently put his ridiculously nice Brooklyn brownstone on the market for $5.6 million.