.

Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch Recovering From Cancer Surgery

August 5, 2009 8:37 AM ET
Beastie Boys Rolling Stone, Adam Horovitz Rolling Stone, Adam Yauch Rolling Stone, Ad-Rock Rolling Stone, MCA Rolling Stone, Mike D Rolling Stone, Beastie Boys first Rolling Stone feature
Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch attends a screening of "BURMA VJ" at the HBO Theater on May 7th, 2009 in New York City.
Mark Von Holden/Getty

Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch confirmed he's making a quick recovery from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his parotid gland — and thanked artists who have paid tribute to him onstage — in an e-mail message to fans dated today. In the personal missive, Yauch reveals his surgery was completed a week and a half ago, and that he spent only one post-op night in the hospital before heading home to recuperate, "have home cooked food and hang out with the family." Yauch told fans about his cancer directly in a video message on July 20th.

"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.

But Yauch still has his mind on music, despite his medical setback. He writes that he saw all the All Points West tributes to the Beasties, who had to pull out of the festival at the eleventh hour due to his diagnosis. Shouting out Jay-Z for his cover of "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" and Coldplay's Chris Martin's solo piano take on "Fight for Your Right" with "good shit," MCA also thanked Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O for wearing a "Get Well MCA" armband and Q-Tip for his good vibes. Check out photos and full reports from all All Points West — where Jay-Z made his first U.S. festival appearance in place of the Beasties — at our APW hub.

"I do think that all of the well wishes have contributed to the fact that my treatment and recovery are going well," Yauch concludes. "Much love back at all of you!"

As Rock Daily reported, Yauch's cancer led the Beasties to push back the release of new album Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, which was originally planned for a September 15th release.

Related Stories:
Beastie Boys Cancel Concerts, Push Back Hot Sauce After Yauch Reveals He Has Cancer

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Fantasy”

Mariah Carey | 1995

Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com