Beasties-Rage Cancel "Rhyme & Reason"; Yauch Talks DVD

The Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine have finally abandoned plans for their joint "Rhyme & Reason 2000" tour, citing "insurmountable logistical, scheduling, and health problems."

The outing, which was originally announced in late June, was supposed to have kicked off on August 2 in Toronto, but was then indefinitely postponed after Beastie Boy Mike Diamond injured his shoulder a little more than a week before the tour's start (see "'Rhyme & Reason' Tour Postponed; Rage Delays S.F. Shows").

In a statement issued today by the Beastie Boys' reps, attempting to reschedule the new tour dates was ultimately "unsuccessful due to a confluence of prior commitments, holds, scheduling, the venues in question, and numerous other factors."

According to a source close to Rage Against The Machine, one of those factors may have included frontman Zack De La Rocha's designs to head back into the studio and continue

work on his upcoming solo album.

Rage recently recorded a pair of shows at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles for an upcoming live record due out on November 21 (see "Rage Rolls Out Covers For Live Album").

In other Beastie Boys news, the rap trio has also just pushed back the release date of its "Beastie Boys DVD Anthology" from October 24 to November 7. The Beasties' Adam Yauch recently chatted with MTV News about the project, which collects 18 of the group's videos.

"We basically just got together and tried to decide which videos we wanted to include," Yauch said, "and then we put together a bunch of outtake footage and remixes for the songs, and there's some photographs and storyboards and just different things having to do with the

videos that are kind

of compiled together. [RealVideo]

"It was a little bit tricky tracking [everything] down," Yauch admitted. "I kind of imagined it like the 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' vault that Capitol Records was going through to find this stuff. But I think they found a lot of the stuff. There were some things we couldn't find, but most of the stuff they found." [RealVideo]

One thing viewers won't find on the "DVD Anthology" are the classic clips from the Beastie Boys' 1986 "Licensed To Ill" album, including "Fight For Your Right" and "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

"We were going to include some of [the videos from 'Licensed To Ill'], but we kind of went back and looked at them, and they were just so wack," [RealVideo] he said, laughing.