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For Rob Hagey, founder and promoter of Street Scene, San Diego’s largest music festival, adding the Beastie Boys to the lineup on July 10 was an unexpected coup. “It was a nice surprise. They fell into our lap after most of the bands were booked,” said Hagey during a July 22 phone interview.

However, ten days after the top-drawing band was added to the schedule, the Beastie Boys announced that they were delaying the release of their upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee, Part One, and canceling all of their live dates due to group member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s recent cancer diagnosis. Yauch has a treatable “little lump” in his salivary gland, according MCA’s online video announcement (beastieboys.com).

Hagey says that despite an increase in ticket sales during the ten days that the New York hip-hop trio were billed as the headliners, the festival will go on as planned without necessarily getting a comparable act to replace the band.

“We have an offer out to a band to fill the open slot but nothing comparable to the Beastie Boys, and they are not their replacement either,” says Hagey, who was waiting for confirmation at this writing and unable to disclose the name of the band.

Adds Hagey: “We are just going to sell the event as we have it.… It’s a festival, and the lineup is always subject to change. We have just shy of 50 artists. Unfortunately, sometimes these kinds of things happen.”

As for this year’s ticket sales, Hagey says the festival is far from sold out, but he expects sales to increase as the August 28 and 29 weekend approaches.

“San Diego is a laid-back town,” says Hagey. “It’s always been known to be laid back. It drives promoters like me crazy.”

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Josh Board Aug. 1, 2009 @ 5:02 p.m.

I just had lunch with an old friend, and we were talking about how we're most excited about seeing Dead Weather (Jack White's newest band) and Cake. Screw the Beastie Boys!


Josh Board July 29, 2009 @ 3:39 p.m.

I read recently, that at some festival, Jay-Z has replaced the Beastie Boys. Maybe that will be the case here.


Josh Board Aug. 13, 2009 @ 6:06 p.m.

I just bought the Cage the Elephant CD. I'm looking forward to seeing them. And, after seeing Anya Marina tear it up at the Belly Up last month, looking forward to her set.

But, I just got a press release from the folks at Street Scene, and for those that are on the fence about buying tickets, here's some info (no service charges...YEAH!)

STREET SCENE 2009 has the perfect Recession Buster to you! For Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th purchase your single and two day tickets without paying any service fees. Yes, you heard right—no additional service fees if you purchase your tickets prior to this weekend! So rock out to the savings today and purchase your tickets now at http://www.street-scene.com.


Josh Board Aug. 25, 2009 @ 1:23 a.m.

I just bought the Dead Weather CD (maybe I was subconsciously influenced by all the pop-ups for it on this site).

I was very disappointed. Two great songs (Hang You From the Heavens and Will There Be Enough Water?), the rest isn't very good. Yet, every time I've seen them live on a show, they rock. Now I'm even more curious to see their set at Street Scene.


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