John Berry of Beastie Boys dies aged 52
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In July 1981, Stanton left the group and they changed their sound to hardcore punk, bringing in Adam Yauch and changing their name to the Beastie Boys, a name that is attributed to Berry. They began to slowly build a fan base and played venues like CBGB, A7 and Max’s Kansas City where they were on the bill the night the club closed.
Berry left the group that same year, followed by Schellenbach who joined Luscious Jackson. Jeff went on to play in groups such as Thwig, Big Fat Love and Bourbon Deluxe. Both were replaced by Adam Horovitz.