Beastie Boys member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz was set at press time to appear on Tuesday night (June 12th) at a benefit show in Brooklyn for an imprisoned Russian punk rock act, according to Loudwire. The gig marks the rapper's first public appearance since the death of bandmate and close friend Adam "MCA" Yauch last month after a three-year battle with cancer.
Horovitz was reportedly lending his efforts to help a Russian punk rock act called P***y Riot. Three of the band's members face up to seven years in jail on charges of hooliganism for their alleged role in a demonstration against Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Several acts were scheduled to perform at the benefit, with Horovitz set to serve as DJ for the event. All proceeds from ticket sales were to be put toward a legal defense fund for the members of P***y Riot.
The music world was stunned by the news of Yauch's death on May 4th, just three weeks after the Beasties were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Bandmate Mike Diamond told Rolling Stone shortly after Yauch's death, "He had us fooled in the most beautiful way. I believed, up to last week, that Adam was somehow coming back."
The Beastie Boys did record some music last fall -- Yauch's final recording sessions -- but there's no word on when or if it will see the light of day. Diamond and Horovitz have not announced their own future plans yet.