Legendary hip-hop group the Beastie Boys announced today that they are canceling all summer tour dates--including Lollapalooza--and postponing the release of their new album because band member Adam Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer.
A spokeswoman for Lollapalooza promoters C3 Presents said they have no information yet about what will become of the prime Saturday night slot the group had held. (The remaining headliners are Depeche Mode and Kings of Leon on Friday, Aug. 7; Tool on Saturday Aug. 8, and Jane's Addiction and the Killers on Sunday, Aug. 9.)
The Beastie Boys' press release follows the jump.
BEASTIE BOYS TOUR DATES CANCELED, ALBUM RELEASE POSTPONED ADAM YAUCH DIAGNOSED WITH PAROTID GLAND TUMOR
Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. 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. Fortunately the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords.
Beastie Boys have canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 will also be pushed back.
Paraphrasing from a video statement on Beastieboys.com, Yauch said, "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."