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(L-R) American rapper, bass player and filmmaker Adam "MCA" Yauch (1964 - 2012) and rapper, guitarist and actor Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and rapper, musician, and music producer Michael "Mike D" Diamond, of the American rap rock group Beastie Boys, sing on stage during the 1987 Licensed to Ill tour at the Centrum in Worcester in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 9, 1987.
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RTB Rewind: The Beastie Boys Launch 'Licensed To Ill' Tour

RTB Rewind: The Beastie Boys Kick Off Their 'Licensed To Ill' Tour At The Ritz

On December 26, 1986, The Beastie Boys performed a "sneak preview" set kicking off their 1987 Licensed To Ill Tour at the Ritz in New York.

General admission seat prices for the St. Pauli Girl show were $13.50 and the doors opened at 9:30 for the 11:00 show. The set list consisted of "Slow and Low," "The New Style," "She's Crafty," "Time To Get Ill"," "She's On It," "Paul Revere," "Rhymin' And Stealin'," "Posse In Effect," "Slow Ride," "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," and "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" — in that order.

After the tour, Licensed To Ill was declared America's first number 1 rap album on Billboard, and thousands of Volkswagen emblems went missing, as fans stole them in an effort to emulate group member Mike D's signature look.

Ad-Rock recalled riding to the show in a limo with a jump seat attached to the outside of the vehicle. "Only some idiots on their prom would arrive like that," Mike D remembered while speaking with Sirius XM. "We pulled up like we made it, and we had collectively about $300." Licensed To Ill is one of Columbia Records' fastest-selling debut albums, and was certified Diamond, selling ten million units.

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