It's never too late to throw a benefit concert for a good cause.
Six months after Run-DMC's DJ Jam Master Jay (a.k.a. Jason Mizell) was shot to death at his recording studio in Queens, New York, the Beastie Boys have organized a tribute show in Las Vegas, with proceeds going to Jay's family and estate.
All 1,800 tickets for the April 25 concert at the House of Blues sold out in a mere 24.8 seconds, according to the venue. Tickets were priced at $150 for assigned seating and $75 for general admission.
DJ Hurricane will open the show, and DMC (Darryl McDaniels), who has been recording with Hurricane, may take the stage, DMC's publicist said. "It's a generous and loving gift by a great band made up of good people," DMC said. It is unknown whether or not the Rev. Run will attend, according to DMC's publicist.
DMC continues to work on his still-untitled solo album, which may contain a track he recorded with Jay before the DJ/producer was killed, as well as a tribute song titled "I'm Missing My Friend" (see "DMC Solo Album Includes Tribute To Jam Master Jay"). The disc, due in October, will likely feature cuts with guest stars Pink and Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal, the publicist said. The first single will be sent to radio this summer. DMC has been working on the record for two years.
The day after the Jam Master Jay benefit, the Beasties will play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California (see "Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers To Headline Coachella"). The Boys will also stage this year's Tibetan Freedom Concert on April 19 in Tokyo. The band will once again headline the bill, which will feature Tibetan artist Nawang Khechog and Japanese band Mo'Some Tonebender and others not yet announced.
The Beastie Boys recently resurfaced for the first time in three years with the anti-war song "In a World Gone Mad" and continue to work on their sixth studio record (see "Beastie Boys Take On Bush With First Song In Three Years").
On Tuesday, a Jam Master Jay biography written by David Thigpen, titled Jam Master Jay: The Heart Of Hip-Hop, was released.