Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) announced today that the group will be taking some time out while he deals with a cancerous tumor on one of his salivary glands. As a result, the group will push back the release of their new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 and bow out of their upcoming tour dates, including headlining slots at Lollapalooza and All Points West. MTV News wishes Yauch a speedy recovery.
What’s an even bigger bummer is that it’s unlikely the Boys will be available to attend this year’s Video Music Awards. It’s a shame indeed, because they happen to be responsible for one of the best VMA performances of all time. On the 1998 edition of the show, the trio teamed up with DJ Mix Master Mike to bust through “Three MCs and One DJ” before launching into their hit “Intergalactic.” Their five manic minutes on stage proved them to be not only some of the best old-school rappers still in the game but also some of the genre’s most dynamic performers. Get well soon, Yauch.