The Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock and Money Mark are heading to Toronto’s Luminato Festival to work on a new song together.
According to The Canadian Press, the two former band members will write an original tune for a multi-disciplinary colour guard event created by David Byrne of the Talking Heads (Byrne will also perform his “Contemporary Color” show).
Nelly Furtado (who has been on a brief hiatus from the music biz since her 2012 release The Spirit Indestructible) and Lucius (a five-piece indie pop band from New York) will also perform at Luminato, as will Kelis (who has six studio albums and two Grammy noms under her belt) and musician/songwriter/instrumentalist St. Vincent.
“Modern dance and jazz meets drill team meets Esther Williams – without the water – meets community theatre. Sounds like my kind of crew!” Money Mark said in a statement (CP). “Plus, I get a chance for a high school do-over. Glad to be part of Contemporary Color!”
The Beastie Boys released their first project all the way back in 1986 with Licensed to Ill. Since then they have released seven more studio albums, the most recent being Hot Sauce Committee Part Two in 2011. Then, in 2012, band member Adam Yauch died of cancer, and in June 2014, Mike D told Pitchfork that as a promise to the late Yauch, they wouldn’t make any more music. “We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Diamond said. “We can’t make new music.”
Luminato runs from June 19-28.