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Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin
The world mourned the loss of Beastie Boys' vocalist & bassist Adam "MCA" Yauch on Friday, May 4, 2012, after he died from a three year battle with cancer. On the surface, the Beatie Boys could be thought of as a punk band or a hip hop band, however they were fans of classic rock, including Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.

As a nod, they sampled three Zeppelin songs on their first two albums. The Beastie Boys' Rhymin & Stealin from Licensed To Ill sampled the main drum beat from When The Levee Breaks, She's Crafty from Licensed To Ill sampled the main guitar riff from The Ocean and What Comes Around from Paul's Boutique sampled the snare drum intro from Moby Dick.

Allegedly, Led Zeppelin sued Beastie Boys for the use of When The Levee Breaks, which may have led Paul's Boutique engineer Mario "Mario C" Caldato, Jr. to say in a March 2001 interview that "We had spent about a $1/4 million in rights and licensing for samples."

I would like to think that Led Zeppelin compliments Beastie Boys songs (or vice versa). Check out these mashups below.



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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

June xx, 1969 - More recording for Led Zeppelin II at Morgan Studios
June 29, 1969 - Led Zeppelin play the prestigious Royal Albert Hall
June 28, 1970 - Zeppelin reach mass acceptance in Britain by playing Bath
June xx, 1971 - A news report claims Led Zep to play at an aid relief concert for Pakistan
June xx, 1972 - More recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy
June 21, 1972 - Eighth American tour begins in Denver, CO, almost four years since Zeppelin’s American debut
June 03, 1973 - Zeppelin play the Fabulous Forum in LA, a favorite venue to the band
June xx, 1973 - The band takes a mid-tour holiday in Hawaii
June xx, 1974 - Promoter Fred Bannister announces that Led Zeppelin will play Knebworth, the band declines
June xx, 1975 - John Bonham loses his license for six months over a drunk driving charge
June xx, 1976 - Filmmaker Kenneth Anger tells media that Jimmy Page is partly responsible for the failure of his film over the delayed soundtrack he provided
June 07, 1977 - The first of six nights at Madison Square Gardens
June xx, 1978 - Robert feels new life within Led Zeppelin again
June 26, 1979 - The entire Led Zeppelin line up appear at a Dave Edmunds show and party afterwards
June 17, 1980 - Led Zeppelin open their European (and last) tour at Westfallenhalle in Dortmund
June 27, 1980 - Zeppelin abandon their Nuremburg show after three numbers when Bonham collapses from exhaustion
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