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Recap: Beastie Boys @ UNC Charlotte

Recap: Beastie Boys @ UNC Charlotte

Posted on 28 Oct 2008 by Justin Ruckman

Watch this video on Vimeo.

Yesterday, the Beastie Boys stopped by the UNC Charlotte campus to give a small impromptu rally for Obama at McKnight Hall. Later last night they gave a sold-out concert at Amos’s.

While the Beastie Boys didn’t give any performance at the university, their PR still wouldn’t let large cameras be present in the hall while they were onstage. Point-and-shoot and camera phones weren’t prohibited though, so while everyone was snapping and recording like mad, myself and a girl from News14 had to sit out.

I did get some cool footage of them coming out the back though, walking through the early voting line to their van. Afterwards I got in line to vote and interviewed some people waiting with me.

Next time I’ll know to carry a small camera with me for situations like this. I’m working on getting some video from students who lucked out, and will post it here if possible.


  1. Shrop 28 Oct 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Love seeing video in and around UNC Charlotte. Thanks for coming on campus and cover this Justin. Hate the cameras in McKinght didn’t work out.

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    Justin Ruckman 28 Oct 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Definitely no problem, I was already on campus for class.

  3. ben 29 Oct 2008 at 5:19 PM

    So cool that you pulled this together on zero notice. thx.
    I wish I saw ‘em. Boys keepin it REAL, traveling minivan style. Look at that hair! I guess the D is for Dylan now ;)

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    Ebutton 30 Oct 2008 at 12:41 AM


    Does anyone else find the beastie boys a weird choice for a campaign rally?

    Well I was gonna vote for McCain but now that I see that the Beastie Boyzzzz are Obama supports sign me up!!!”

    Oh well, glad my camera worked out for you.

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    Justin Ruckman 30 Oct 2008 at 1:41 AM

    Dude, your camera would work out for a blind person with no arms and an inescapable fear of cameras.

  6. Adam Brooks 30 Oct 2008 at 9:45 AM

    They came to CPCC prior to UNCC. here are a few shots. I have video of Beasties adn Sheryl Crow coming soon. I have just been too slammed to get it posted to the www.

    Here are a few pics. I got my pic with McA and MikeD.!705A7FC92971DB60!1718/?startingImageIndex=0&commentsExpand=0&addCommentExpand=0&addCommentFocus=0&pauseSlideshow=0

    I think Kid Rock was @ Wingate U. Anyone have info on that? I guess that it’s nice to be a battleground state.

  7. ben 30 Oct 2008 at 12:59 PM

    The B-Boys have gotten much more politically-minded in the years since License To Ill…
    I thought James Taylor was an odd choice for a “rally”. Lullabyes and love songs don’t exactly motivate me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great show… just not very high energy.