Adam Yauch, of pioneering rap group the Beastie Boys, has been diagnosed with what is described as a “very treatable” cancerous tumor in his salivary gland.
The announcement came from the group, which has cancelled all scheduled tour dates and is postponing the release of its upcoming album whie Adam undergoes treatment.
“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,” reads the statement.
It’s confined to one area and is considered very treatable, Adam assures fans.
He will need surgery and other treatment, but says his vocal cords will not be affected.
The release of the band’s forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.
In a video statement uploaded to BeastieBoys.com, Adam says, “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.”‘