Jay-Z To Fill In For The Beastie Boys In New Jersey

noah | July 23, 2009 10:45 am

After the Beastie Boys were forced to pull out of their upcoming tour because of Adam “MCA” Yauch being diagnosed with a tumor on his salivary gland, there was much speculation over who would replace the outfit at their two U.S. festival appearances in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were announced as the Beasties’ replacements at Lollapalooza, which takes place the weekend of Aug. 7-9; last night the All Points West festival announced that headlining next Friday’s opening show would be none other than Jay-Z, who will be making his first American appearance at one of these multi-day extravaganzas. It’s definitely a coup for All Points West, which to these eyes needed a bit more oomph in its booking so as to avoid becoming “the East Coast cousin of Coachella, only with less interesting ‘gets.’ ” And at least it’s better news for New Jerseyans than the other stuff happening this morning! The poster with the freshly updated lineup is below.All Points West [Official site]