The Beastie Boys
' Mike D
has confirmed that the band does not plan to continue making music after the death of Adam (MCA) Yauch
in 2012. Mike D (real name Michael Diamond
) made the statement in court on Friday (June 6th):"We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can't make new music."
As New York Daily News
notes, Mike D was testifying in Manhattan federal court as part of the band's $1 million suit against Monster Energy Drink
for using its songs without its permission for a video called "Ruckus in the Rockies
." Speaking in court, the rapper noted that they would not have let Monster use their music, even if they had sought permission from the band:"We do not let our music get used in commercials for commercial products."