Monday, September 17, 2007

Beastie Boys set to rock Toronto - on Yom Kippur

Yes, it's true.

The Beastie Boys – the pride and joy of Jewish hip hop fans all over the world – will grace Toronto with two performances next week. The first show is at the Hummingbird Centre on Sept. 21, which is Erev Yom Kippur, and the second show is the following night on Sept. 22, and is scheduled to start exactly one minute before the fast ends, at 8pm.

It's no secret that the three MCs who make up the BBoys, Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" Yauch and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, are not exactly shining examples of practicing Jews - in fact, Yauch converted to Buddism years ago.

But a majority of Toronto's Jewish population of about 200,000 probably observe Yom Kippur in some capacity, and won't be able to see either show.

Where's the love? By no means am I suggesting that scheduling the show on the highest of High Holy Days was intentional. But I wonder if they would have done the same in New York, a city with one of the biggest Diaspora populations in the world.

I'm just disappointed is all.


unsigned because so are you said...

Thanks again for insulting our intelligence in the effort to sound "edgy". Just make sure the CJN's backers have no idea what you're talking about, and you'll be fine.

You can relax, because the show advertised as starting at "one minute after the fast ends" will have an opening act.

How about some actual journalism here? Or at least relevant commentary?

Hipster Jewfus said...

Not sure what you're so upset about, or what is it about this post that insults your intelligence, or that "CJN's backers" wouldn't get...

I realize that there will be an opening act, I was just commenting on the irony that the most famous Jewish MCs in the world are playing on Yom Kippur.

And blogs aren't about journalism, they're about commentary, like his exchange.

u.b.s.a.y. said...

I'm just disappointed is all.

Try harder.

Blintzkrieg said...


Are you going to the show? If so, that's where you'll need to unleash your disappointment, because the Boys' last few albums have been somewhat less-than-stellar.

If anyone needs to "try harder", it's them.