July 20th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
Beastie fans will have to wait a bit. The group has canceled their tour dates after Adam "MCA" Yauch was found to have a cancerous tumor. According to the band's publicist, the tumor is in his left salivary gland, is localized and considered treatable. He'll undergo surgery and require additional treatment. As a result, the Beastie Boys have canceled their scheduled concert appearances and have pushed back the release of their album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1."
Yauch addressed the diagnosis on www.Beastieboys.com saying "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."
EMI released this statement following the news: "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."
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