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The Beastie Boys & Madonna – One of the most bizarre tour pairings

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Back in the spring of 1984, the Beastie Boys’ first manager, Russell “Rush” Simmons got a call from Madonna’s manager who asked if the Beastie Boys would be interested in opening for Madonna on her Like A Virgin tour. This was not necessarily a wise move because at the time Madonna’s auidience was filled with young girls and their moms and dads. The whole tour was crazy, because Madonna went from playing CBGB and the Mudd Club to playing sporting arenas. She wasn’t a superstar that everyone now knows, it was the first time she was playing in huge arenas.
The relationship between the Beastie Boys and the audience was synergistic, one feeding off the other. It was like a love-hate relationship type of thing. The Beasties hated the crowd, the crowd hated them.

On April 10 1985, Madonna’s Virgin Tour started at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Beastie Boys were the opening act. Madonna had three shows in Seattle – April 10, 12 and 13 – and all three were sellouts by the time she took the stage that first night. The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna and they weren’t well received by the pro-Madonna crowd. “The girls had flap skirts on and the tights cut off below their knees and lace gloves and rosaries and bows in their hair and big hoop earrings.” After Seattle, all of the shows were moved to arenas. “Their 30-minute set got off to a bad start when one of the Beasties declared himself King of the Paramount, and generally made the pro-Madonna audience feel like a swarm of hillbillies.” Shortly before leaving the stage, Ad-Rock facetiously said, “Me and the boys are gonna go backstage and tell Madonna what a great audience you are”…
After the first few dates, Madonna’s management was ready to pull the plug on them, but Madonna stood up for them and kept them on the tour.

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“The reaction has been mostly good. Usually they love it or they hate it. There’s always been a reaction, I’ll say that.” Adam Yauch

– One particular show at Madison Square Garden was particularly memorable because more than 15 000 people with there and the crowd booed and jeered the Beastie Boys for their entire set.
– On May 23 1985, Madonna performed her Virgin Tour concert in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,000 fans at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. The show generated $238,264 in ticket sales.

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Here’s a great photo of the Beasties chilling outside Maple Leaf Gardens before the show


– Rick Rubin was the Beastie Boys’ DJ (DJ Double R) but after the first week, he had to fly back to NYC and he never came back.

– The Beasties did the entire tour in a rented Lincoln Continental. They didn’t really bring luggage on this tour, they just wore the same clothes all summer.

– There’s been some backstage talk that actor Sean Penn may front a group in New York in the fall with several Beastie Boys picking up their instruments again.

– Their between rap interplay with the audience went something like this:
“You don’t look like you’re having fun.”
“How many of you want to learn a new dance?”
“If you’ve got anything to say, c’mon up here.”


Water gun fight with Madonna on the last night of the tour. It was shot by Ron Galella.

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“I don’t know what’s next. We’ll see what happens. We’ll record an album this summer. And we might be doing a movie called “Rap Attack” with Run-D.M.C. and possibly Sean Penn.” Ad-Rock


With Rob Lowe (American actor, producer, and director) at Madonna’s Like A Virgin show, pic by Glen E. Friedman.

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“Hey New York, make some mother fucking noise!!!”


With David Lee Rooth (Van Halen) and Sean Penn at Madonna’s Like A Virgin Gold Record party, pic by Glen E. Friedman.

“Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D were your quintessential buzz band in 1986. After terrorizing audiences as the support act for Madonna’s Virgin Tour, they came up to Toronto just before they released the classic Licensed To Ill. Hanging with former RapCity host Michael Williams, the trio introduced themselves.”


Reaction fanzine

Reaction fanzine (to order: was established in 2006 by a group of hardcore fans. In the following 4 years we released 5 issues in Hungarian language for the local underground. Started with an A5 size 72 pages Xeroxed first issue that sold over 300 copies, Reaction continued with professionally printed and very thick fanzines. (#2: 150 pages, A5 size; #3: 120 pages, A5 size; #4: 32 pages, A4+ size) In 2009 after releasing a 5th issue Reaction fanzine went on a hiatus.


In 2015 a friend asked me to do an interview together. This wonderful opportunity made me think about bringing Reaction fanzine back. The interview was too long for the online media he works for, so I had their blessing to release in its entirety in a printed fanzine. The fanzine had a great welcome and within 6 month Reaction have put out two more issues. #7 turned out very thick again on 56 A4 pages. After a Hungarian release an English version followed. Winter saw the birth of a special “Farewell to Bane” issue in both Hungarian and English language with a total of 500 printed copies. At the moment we have only a few copies left.

Issue 8 and 9 came out in 2016 on 56 A4 pages and both had Hungarian and English versions. Our tenth issue was released in the summer of 2017 on 52 A4 pages, available in English and Hungarian languages. Due to family reasons we had to slow down after this successful run.

For issue 11 we’ve been collecting contents for almost two years and it came out in April 2019 in Hungarian. English version’s release date is 25.06.2019. Cover artwork was drawn by Melinda Haraszti-Kovács.


Chris Colohan – Chris did vocals for bands like Cursed, Left For Dead, Ruination and Burning Love to mention the more important ones only. Now he’s screaming in Sect. We asked him about all of them and a bunch of other things.

Demoscene – We’d like to introduce you to a new Hungarian band with this interview.

Gear – Another new band out of Budapest. Please check them out!

Hanoi – Hanoi have been around for a decade now and it was absolutely about time to talk to these Hungarian guys.

Higher Power – The singer of this English band, Jimmy Wizard, talked to us about their record called Soul Structure and Harry Potter.

Michelle Olaya – Our series of introducing photographers continues. Michelle is a big name in the game.

Night Birds – We got this previously unreleased interview, done in 2016, from xViktorx, who’s the biggest fan of New Jersey punk-hardcore.

Protein – They are our favourite among the newer Polish groups. We had a little chat about good and bad nutrition and protein input.

Ponor / Sentence – Joint interview about music, message and the Balkans with two of the most active bands of the Croatian scene.

Satelles – This Budapest based outfit was featured in issue 9 already, but in 2018 they put out an awesome full length that we hope you’ll check out.

Time To Heal – Email interview with the Swedish youth crew band about more than music.

Woodwork – We did this interview with the French, political, 90s inspired hardcore band in the summer of 2017.

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