Monday, July 20, 2009

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Diagnosed with Tumor, Cancels Concerts

By Evan Rytlewski
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Some bad news from the Beastie Boys camp—really, really bad news: The band has canceled all of its tour dates and delayed its upcoming album after doctors diagnosed Adam Yauch with a cancerous tumor. Full press release below:­

Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable. It will however require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords.

Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.

Paraphrasing from a video statement on Beastieboys.com, Yauch said, "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because i was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."

­Let the well-wishing (and speculation over whether another major act might replace the Beastie Boys at Lollapalooza) commence.

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