News: Jay-Z Tagged For Last Minute Beastie Boys Concert Replacement

Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 5:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z has been chosen to replace the Beastie Boys for an upcoming New Jersey concert later this month in light of Beastie member Adam "MCA" Yauch's battle with cancer.

Jay will now reportedly headline the All Points West festival at the end of July.

Jay-Z will make his first American festival appearance at All Points West in Jersey City on July 31, festival organizers announced late Wednesday (July 22). He is a nearly-last-minute replacement for the Beastie Boys, who said on Monday that they were canceling all their concert dates. The organizers of All Points West -- a three-day event in Liberty State Park that also features Tool, Coldplay and dozens of other bands -- said in their announcement that refunds -- based on this news -- will be available for the July 31 show only. (New York Times)

News of MCA's cancer was initially announced via a statement from EMI Music.

Yauch 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. (Statement)

The rap pioneer said the cancer was serious, however, could be treated.

"I'm actually going to have to have surgery probably next week, coming up, and then after that have to have some radiation done," Yauch says in the video. "But the good news is that they did scans of my whole body and it's only localized in this one area, and it's not in a place that affects my voice...It's a little bit of a setback, it's a pain in the a**, but this is something that's very treatable...I apologize to everybody, for anyone who's made plans or was psyched to come to these shows that are coming up." (Billboard)

The Beastie Boys have over two decades of history within the music industry.

As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, who accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren't pirating -- they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the do-it-yourself aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren't that far apart. (All Music)

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