Beastie Boy Member MCA Has Cancer; Album, Tour Postponed

 The Beastie Boys have announced that their upcoming tour and album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 have been postponed indefinitely, after a cancerous tumor was found in group member Adam “MCA” Yauch. Representatives for the group said that a cancerous tumor was found in Yauch’s left parotid (salivary) gland.

Luckily, the tumor was caught early and is localized to one area, but the treatable tumor will require surgery and several weeks of treatment.

Also, reps said the tumor was in an area that would not impact Yauch’s vocal cords.

“Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys,” representatives for the group’s label, EMI said in statement. “The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.”

The news comes as the group also prepares to launch a limited pressing of the track “Too Many Rappers” (featuring Nas), from the Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 album.

The single was recorded live at Bonnaroo in 2009. Only 5,000 vinyl pressings of the single are being distributed.