Coldplay Covers Beastie Boys In Honor of Rapper Adam Yauch (VIDEO)

By: Gabrielle Chung / May 5, 2012

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On Friday, the music world lost one of its icons when Beastie Boys co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away at the young age of 47.

So when Coldplay took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on the same night, Chris Martin and the gang did their best to pay tribute to the fallen Brooklynite by covering the group’s 1987 hit, “(You Gotta) Fight For Your right (To Party)”. The result was a haunting rendition of the famed party anthem — with Martin giving a nod to the hip-hop group, singing, “So we’re sending all our love to the Beastie Boys.”

What do you make of Coldplay’s tribute? Watch their performance above then, in the comments, let us know what you make of their cover.

Of course, Coldplay weren’t the only celebs who voiced their sympathies for the rapper. From Justin Timberlake to Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, many stars took to Twitter to pay their respects.

The remaining members of the Beastie Boys also confirmed Yauch’s death on Friday. They released an official statement reading:

It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

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