Beasties Kick Off U.S. Tour In Seattle

The Beastie Boys kicked off their U.S. tour on Friday at Seattle's Key Arena in front of a 15,000 person capacity crowd. The sold-out show, in support of their latest chart-rocking effort "Hello Nasty," boasted a 33-song set that lasted approximately an hour and a half.

The Beasties played nine new tunes from "Hello Nasty": "Song For Junior," "Remote Control," "Super Disco Breakin'," "Three MC's and One DJ," "Body Movin'," "Song For the Man," "The Move," "Putting Shame in Your Game," and the single "Intergalactic." The rest of the set was of such older hits as "Shake Your Rump," "Sure Shot," "So What'cha Want," and "Sabotage." A Tribe Called Quest and Money Mark opened for the Boys.

Two non-musical moments of note took place... the first when a female fan jumped onstage during Mixmaster Mike's warm-up to give him a hug -- she was escorted off-stage by security; the second when Money Mark appeared onstage with the group during the encore song "Sabotage." Mark took a nose

dive over his keyboards while running the length of the stage, but recovered from the spill immediately to continue on with the song.

The tour is the trio's first outing as headliners since 1995, and is being presented "in the round." This means that they're performing on a rotating stage set in the middle of the arena, which has a circular P.A. system and no front or back to it, therefore all of the seats theoretically have an unobstructed view. This new stage made its debut in Seattle, as the act's European dates were not performed on this type of stage. As for the rest of the set-up, the stage was lined with a bank of television monitors around Mixmaster Mike's DJ booth and cameras were mounted around the stage as well as on the DJ's hands.

Tickets for the Seattle show went for $25, with $1 from each ticket going to the Milarepa Fund. While most of the remaining shows have already sold out, seats are still available for the show in Kansas City on Friday August 7, in

St. Louis on Saturday August 8, in Minneapolis next Monday August 10, and in Milwaukee next Tuesday August 11.