After spending the second half of 2009 recovering from salivary gland cancer, the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch made an appearance at the Independent Spirit Awards last week to represent The Messenger, a film distributed by his Oscilloscope Laboratories. The MC told EW's Music Mix he's feeling significantly better and "getting my energy back" after the medical treatments, but Beastie fans might have to wait a bit longer for the group's new disc Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1. "It was really disappointing to have to hold the record and postpone the tour, but doctor's orders. We may or may not [release Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1] depending on how my health is come September. We want to but we have to play it by ear," Yauch said.
As Rolling Stone reported in December, Yauch previously said that the album would likely arrive in early 2010. Yauch told EW that since the album was recorded well over a year ago — it was initially slated to come out September 15th, 2009 — the Beasties will likely listen to the album again and decide if they want to do any late-game editing. "We want to take a look at it and re-evaluate and make sure it is what we want to put out there and that we are still happy with it. I don't think we will change it up too much," Yauch said.
The Beastie Boys were forced to cancel headlining performances at Lollapalooza, All Points West and Austin City Limits, as well as push back Hot Sauce, after Yauch revealed in July 2009 that he needed to undergo treatment for cancer in the Parotid gland in his neck. "I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell," Yauch wrote in an e-mail to fans in October 2009.
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