John Berry Of The Beastie Boys Has Passed Away
Berry was a friend and classmate of another founding member, Mike Diamond or Mike D, and is credited for conceiving the Beastie Boys name when the two were teenagers living in New York. Berry played the guitar in what was then a punk band, with Diamond on vocals, Adam “MCA” Yauch on bass, and Kate Schellenbach on drums. He played on the band’s first EP, Polly Wog Stew, recorded in late 1982. Although he parted ways with the Beastie Boys shortly after, he would go on to play in bands such as Thwig, Big Fat Love, and Bourbon Deluxe. Schellenbach and the rest of her band mates in Luscious Jackson memorialized Berry with the following statement:
“We are heartbroken hearing the news of the passing of John Berry, the original guitarist and founder of the Beastie Boys. He was a good friend and rabble rouser, and if it wasn’t for him, there’d be no Beasties, no Luscious Jackson, no Grand Royal and god knows what else. John brought us all together in his crazy wooden house on the UWS… Rest In [Peace] friend.”
Rest in peace, John Berry. From all of us here at True Juggalo Family, your family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time.