It all started about two months ago, when Adam Yauch (aka MCA) felt a lump in his throat like a swollen gland. But it turns out the diagnosis was far more serious: cancer.
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In a YouTube announcement, Yauch apologizes for having to cancel the band’s tour and postpone the release of a new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part I. (Please, man! Don’t worry about stuff like that — just get better!)
The “good news,” as he puts it, is that the cancer has not spread anywhere else in his body. Also, the tumor does not affect his voice — “That’s convenient,” he says.
He expects to undergo surgery next week and then some radiation. He says this particular cancer is thought to be easier than others to get rid of completely. Very, very good news.
“We’ll be back doing this soon, so that’s what’s up,” he says.
The Beastie Boys had been scheduled to headline a night of the All Points West festival at Liberty State Park. No replacement has yet been named.
“Please give us a day or so to sort out alternative plans,” the organizers wrote today on their Web site.