The music world was stunned by the sudden loss of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died on Friday after a three-year long fight with cancer. The tributes quickly came rolling in on Twitter, but during a show at the legendary Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, Coldplay showed their respect for the Beastie Boys in song.
Lead singer Chris Martin, not exactly known as being a party rocker, came up with an arrangement of “Fight For Your Right” that expertly played to Coldplay’s strengths. The big, boozy classic rock riffs of the Rick Rubin produced original were replaced by a plaintive, almost spiritual piano melody. Martin sang the lyrics in a wholly different manner than the brash Beastie style, trading snotty obnoxiousness for a vibe that’s more respectful in nature. It’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea —we saw just as many snarky reactions to it on Twitter this weekend as we saw celebratory ones— but we definitely salute the gents for paying tribute to a music legend in a way that felt both thoughtful and unique.