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Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch diagnosed with parotid gland tumor

The Beastie Boys in Awesome

Story by Jack Foley

RAP icons The Beastie Boys have cancelled tour dates and postponed the release of their new album now that Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with a parotid gland tumor.

A new release date for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will be announced in due course, but right now the priority for the group is ensuring the health and speedy recovery of Yauch.

In a statement issued on Monday (July 20, 2009), Beastie Boys said: “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 www.Beastieboys.com Yauch himself 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.”’

A statement from EMI reads: “Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.”