"Rhyme & Reason" Tour Postponed; Rage Delays S.F. Shows

Well, dammit!

The Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine have been forced to postpone the launch of the "Rhyme & Reason 2000" tour after the Beasties' Mike Diamond injured his shoulder while bicycling in New York City on Saturday.

The outing was to have kicked off on August 2 in Toronto, although the tour will likely have to be put off for at least eight to twelve weeks to give Diamond, who MCs and plays drums in the venerable hip-hop group, sufficient time to recover.

According to a statement issued late Tuesday by Nasty Little Man, publicists for the Beastie Boys, Diamond was riding home from tour rehearsals when he hit a pothole, injuring several shoulder muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the ensuing spill.

"The full extent of [Diamond's] injuries has not yet been determined," the statement read. "However, a specialist has recommended that he refrain from all physical activity for the duration of a two- to three-month rehabilitation

regimen or risk permanently losing the use of the injured shoulder."

Diamond is scheduled to undergo minor surgery to treat the shoulder on Friday.

As for the fate of the Beasties/Rage tour (see "Beasties, Rage Team For 'Rhyme & Reason 2000' Tour"), rescheduled dates and information about ticket exchanges and refunds are also expected to be announced later this week.

In related news, Rage Against The Machine has decided to postpone the two live dates at San Francisco's Fillmore that were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday night. The Tuesday night show had already been canceled.

The cancellations do not mean that plans for a live Rage album -- which was to be taped at the Fillmore gigs -- are off, as the band intends to reschedule the Fillmore shows in August.

In the meantime, the band will spend the next few weeks in a studio with producer Rick Rubin working on extra tracks for the eventual live

album due out this November.

RATM is still debating whether to make the album a double-disc set that would include some of the band's favorite covers, one of which is said to be of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax."