Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch reveals in a statement that he’s been diagnosed with having a cancerous tumor, causing the band to cancel all upcoming concerts.The band issued a statement today about the tumor, which is in his left parotid — or 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,” reads the statement. “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.
In a video statement on BeastieBoys.com, Adam says, ??”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.”