Chris Martin vs Jay-Z: whose was the best Beastie Boys cover?

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Chris Martin: fighting for his right to wear military clothing at All Points West. Image: © David Atlas/Retna Ltd./Corbis

When Beastie Boy Adam Yauch revealed the sad news that he has a cancerous tumour, one of the ramifications was that all of his band's upcoming shows were cancelled.

One of those on the calendar was the Friday night headline slot at last weekend's All Points West festival in New Jersey, but organisers managed to find a more-than-able replacement act in the shape of Jay-Z.



Jay-Z filled The Beastie Boys' sneakers. Image:© STEVE C. MITCHELL/epa/Corbis

Fittingly, he kicked off his set with a cover of No Sleep Till Brooklyn, but this wasn't the only Beasties tribute of the weekend. On Sunday, perennial 'coverer' Chris Martin sang a piano-led version of Fight For Your Right To Party during Coldplay's set.

So, we have to ask: whose Beastie Boys cover was the best? Watch the clips below and let us know…

(Via Pitchfork)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.