Beastie Boys’ Adam “MCA” Yauch diagnosed with cancer

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The Beastie Boys have cancelled their upcoming tour dates and delayed the release of their forthcoming album after Adam "MCA" Yauch was diagnosed last week& with a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland.

The tumor was luckily 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.&

To allow time for Yauch’s surgery and recovery, the Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances – including their headlining dates at the All Points West festival in new York and Lollapalooza in Chicago. The release of the group’s forthcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, will also be pushed back from its original release date of September 15.&

"I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we’ll release the record and play some shows," Yauch said in a video posted on the Beastie Boys’ website. "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."

The full video is available here:&

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