[artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] has been tapped to replace the [artist id="968"]Beastie Boys[/artist] at the All Points West festival in New Jersey. The Jigga man has agreed to step in to perform his first-ever set at a U.S. festival just days after it was announced that the B-Boys would have to drop out of four North American festival shows in light of Adam "MCA" Yauch's upcoming cancer treatment.
Jay will take the stage on July 31, opening night of the three-day event in Liberty State Park, topping a bill that will feature fellow headliners [artist id="1149"]Tool[/artist] and [artist id="1111141"]Coldplay[/artist], as well as sets from Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys and MGMT. While Jay has rocked audiences at the Glastonbury Festival in England, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and London's O2 Wireless Festival, this will mark the first time he will perform at a major U.S. festival.
Speaking of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the New York trio has agreed to step in to replace the Beasties at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park the following weekend (August 7-9).
The Beasties announced on Monday that they would be canceling all of their upcoming shows and pushing back the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, in order to let Yauch take a breather and receive treatment for cancer in his parotid gland, a salivary gland in the throat. In addition to Lolla and APW, the cancellations by the hip-hop trio include a headlining slot at the Osheaga Fest in Montreal and another at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco; those events have not yet announced replacement headliners.
The addition of Jay to the APW lineup presents a potentially intriguing opportunity for the veteran MC to win over a rock audience by unveiling his collaboration with psychedelic rockers MGMT, who are slated to appear on his upcoming The Blueprint 3 album, according to a Reuters report. They join a reported list of collaborators that already includes Mr. Hudson, Rihanna, Drake and Kid Cudi. A spokesperson for Jay told MTV News that they could not confirm any of the potential collaborators at press time because the track listing for the album has not yet been confirmed.
APW organizers are offering refunds at the point of purchase for any July 31 single-day ticket holders wanting their money back in light of the Beasties' cancellation.