This morning, the Beastie Boys announced some sad news: Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has been diagnosed with a tumor in a parotid (salivary) gland. Though the tumor is cancerous, a press release says, "luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable." Unfortunately, Yauch must undergo surgery and "several weeks of additional treatment." Therefore, all of the Beasties' upcoming shows (including performances at All Points West, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits) have been canceled, and the release of their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, has been postponed. Thankfully, the tumor will not affect Yauch's vocal cords.
This breaks my heart. Although, it’s not all bad as it sounds like they’re confident that he’ll make a full recovery.
Here’s the video message I received earlier today:
Adam, I know you’ll stay tough and keep a positive attitude. Know that Beastie fans everywhere are pulling for you and we can’t wait to see you back on the road!