News: Beastie Boys' MCA Recovering From Cancer Surgery, Thanks Jay-Z & Q-Tip For Support
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009 11:49AM
The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has reportedly undergone cancer-removing surgery and wrote a letter to fans updating them on his current recovery status.
Claiming he was treated late last month, MCA explained his post-surgery daily routine.
"I haven't taken any of the pain meds, which supposedly speeds along the healing process, or should I say, taking them slows it down," he writes, noting that it took several days to get the anesthesia from the operation out of his system. Yauch reveals he's experiencing stiffness in his neck and jaw, but his condition is improving with each day. Radiation treatments, a "torture," MCA says, which will involve "blasting you with some kind of beam for a few minutes a day, 5 days a week, for about 7 weeks" begin in several weeks. (Rolling Stone)
He also commented on the mainstream support he has received from established artists.
Yauch said he heard about or watched on YouTube the various tributes paid to him during last weekend's All Points West, including Coldplay's Chris Martin playing a solo piano version of "(You've Got to) Fight For Your Right (to Party)" and Jay-Z busting a bit of "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." "Good sh*t," Yauch wrote, "and I heard Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) wore a "get well MCA" armband, and that Q-Tip gave a shout out too...Very kind of them." (Billboard)
Jay was a last minute fill-in for last weekend's All Points West festival, taking the Beastie Boys' headliner slot.
"After being sad, because Adam has been such a close part of our company and everything it dawned on us like, 'Wow, headliner in less than ten days.' It's tough. I've never dealt with that before," Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice, the event organizer, told SOHH. "We went right to the top. Let's start at the thing that makes the most sense. Someone from Brooklyn that's huge. Beastie Boys go out and to replace with Jay-Z would be a dream come true. We told the plan to the Jay-Z camp... it took them a couple of days and they came back and said we're able to do it. It's hard. It's not just Jay-Z coming you got to get a whole stage show together. It's kind of a miracle." (SOHH)
Reports of MCA's cancer was initially announced via a statement from EMI Music last month.
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)
Check out Jay-Z's "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" Beastie Boy performance below: