Beastie Boys' Michael Diamond (Mike D) recently opened up about the passing of Adam Yauch (MCA) earlier this month, and revealed that the band recorded new music with Yauch last fall. Via Rolling Stone:
“How much music did you make at your final recording session with him last fall?
Adam instigated it. It could only come from him, in terms of where he was at with treatment. It was stuff we had written or demo-ed, and there were new ideas. He wasn't sure he was able to do vocals. But after a bit, we ended up doing them. And he was fine. It was a way for him to say, 'Yeah, I'm doing it.'
Can you imagine making music without him?
I can see making music. I don't know about a band format. But Yauch would genuinely want us to try whatever crazy thing we wanted but never got around to.”