Adam Yauch, aka MCA, announced some terrible news today. The Beastie Boys upcoming tour has been canceled. Their next album postponed. MCA has cancer.
“The reason we’re here talking is because I have some pretty heavy news to say,” Yauch said in the video. “About two months ago, I started feeling this little lump in my throat, like what you would feel if you have swollen glands or something like that… and so I didn’t really think it was anything. But then recently, when we were over in Europe doing promotion, I started to think that I should talk to my doctor, so I ... saw him when I got back, and he sent me to a specialist. They did tests, and I actually have a form of cancer in the gland that’s over here, in the parotid gland, and it’s also in the lymph node right in that area.”
Fortunately, the worst news here is really that I won’t get to see the Beasties at the Hollywood Bowl in September. Yauch is expected to make a full recovery. Godspeed, Beastie.
“It’s a setback,” Yauch says, sounding remarkably apologetic for hassling us fans. “It’s a pain in the ass, but this is something that is treatable.”