At a little past noon (New York time) today, Beastie Boys members MCA aka Adam Yauch and AdRock aka Adam Horowitz presented a sad and shocking video stating that MCA has been diagnosed with cancer. His cancer is in the Parotid part of his neck and is very treatable and luckily not affect his voice. Due to this the Beastie Boys are forced to cancel all appearances including next week's All Points West festival in Jersey City, Lollapalooza the week after in Chicago and Austin City Limits in September. Also, the band's latest disc Hot Sauce Committee Part I which was slated for September 15 has been pushed back indefinitely. Take a look at the video and press statement below from Yauch and the bands label EMI...
"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."’ - Adam Yauch
“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.” - EMI
My heart and thoughts are with MCA, Mike D, AdRock, Mix Master Mike and Yauch's family at this time. Get well soon and come back swinging bigger and better than before!