Bandmates say they will not tour until rapper recovers
Beastie Boys have said that Adam Yauch‘s treatment for cancer is going well.
Adam ‘Ad Rock’ Horovitz confirmed that the rapper is still receiving medical attention following his diagnosis of cancer of the preaortic gland and lymph node in July 2009. He also said that despite the recent release of new album ‘Hot Sauce Committee Pt Two’ they have no plans to tour.
“He’s doing OK,” he said. “He’s still in treatment, so it’s not 100 percent. But things are looking good. We’re not touring, we’re just getting the record out – and we’re not making any plans until he is better. Which is definitely going to happen.”
His comments come after Yauch released a statement in January saying reports that he’d been given the all-clear weren’t true.
Bandmate Mike ‘D’ Diamond admitted it has been a difficult for the band to come to terms with Yauch‘s illness. “It’s a very strange thing. Unfortunately, we’ve had a high attrition rate of friends growing up in New York, but more from drug overdoses and crazy shit like that,” he told The Guardian.
He added: “This is, actually, the first time that a friend who is a contemporary – basically one of my best friends for life – called me up to say, ‘Hey, I’ve got some really bad news’, and having a really serious illness. And when you’re friends for a long time, and one of that group of friends gets a very serious, potentially terminal illness, it’s just kind of like, it’s a game-changer.”
Despite going through a tough time, Horovitz said that Yauch‘s illness is likely to push them to more ludicrous extremes for the next album.
“I have a feeling the next record is going to be the most insane party record you ever heard,” he said. “Because if you go through something like what Yauch‘s going through. I mean, shit. After that, you must feel pretty good.”