Osheaga 2009: Beastie Boys Out, Vampire Weekend In

Posted on July 24, 2009 |

It’s fair to say that the most talked about news in the music world this
week was Beastie Boys’s Adam Yauch announcing to the world that he had
cancer. A tumor was found in one of his Parotid Glands which is located
in the back of his throat.

“luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such
is considered very treatable.”
so says the press release. Luckily for
him (and us), it won’t effect his vocal chords so he’ll still be able
to drop some mad, raspy science on us for years to come.

Watch Adam’s video announcement here:

Of course, he has to have this treated right away which means all of
the Beastie Boys’s upcoming festival appearances (Osheaga, Lollapalooza,
Austin City Limits
) had to be canceled and the release of their
new album Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1 has been pushed back.

As you can imagine, that put the Osheaga and All Points West organizers
in quite the jam. A mad scramble ensued to find their replacement.

APW got Jay-Z to fill. Apparently, it will be his first festival appearance
on american soil.

For us, Osheaga decided to bump Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headliner status
and added Vampire Weekend (who were already appearing at APW) to
the lineup aswell. It will be their second appearance in Montreal
after their barely attended show @ Club Lambi back in December 2007
and their first since their S/T debut album hit it big back in ‘08
in this big ‘ol hipster-y world we live in.

Gotta say i’m happy with this decision. Of course, seeing Hova in
the flesh would’ve been nice but getting a 90 minute set from YYYs,
ain’t too shabby either.

Vampire Weekend will hit the River Stage @ 4:45pm and Yeah Yeah
will close out Sunday night on the same stage
starting @ 9:30pm.

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