MCA Still in Recovery Process

A statement made by Michael Diamond (Mike D) on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio show that fellow band mate Adam Yauch (MCA) was in the all clear, having been diagnosed with cancer of the parotid (salivary) gland back in 2009, understandably provoked a huge outpouring of relief and support online. Unfortunately the reality is not quite as uplifting. MCA has since released a statement which clarifies that he is not totally cancer free and treatment is ongoing but he remains optimistic.

I remember clearly hearing the news that the legendary rapper had fallen ill. I had just bought tickets to the All Points West festival in New Jersey which the Beastie Boys were due to headline. To be denied the opportunity to see such an influential act was devastating but the reason for their cancellation made the news all the more tragic. Jay-Z filled in as headliner in his first festival performance and paid tribute to the Beastie Boys by opening with ‘No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn’ which ran nicely into his own ‘Brooklyn We Go Hard’.

Let’s hope MCA is back doing what he does best as soon as possible.

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