Published Jan 07, 2011We already knew that Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch was improving after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in 2009. And while the MC is now ready to return to work, he may not have beat his illness entirely just yet.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Beastie Boy Mike D said that Yauch was on the mend, adding, "we're really happy about it."
This news caused some sources to report that he had beaten cancer for good. This is, apparently, not true. A spokesperson for the Beastie Boys told Billboard, "Mike did not say that."
UPDATE: Following the recent media attention, Yauch further explained his status with the following statement: "While I'm grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated. I'm continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future."
Cancer-free or not, Yauch and the Beastie Boys are forging ahead with their plans to release a new album in 2011. Although the band's Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 is still delayed, Pt. 2 is slated to come out on schedule. It was previously pegged for a spring 2011 release.
As for what else the Beasties have on the horizon, Mike D revealed, "We've got a video we got to finish, a big video. I know people don't make big videos any more but we made a big video. It's not even a video, it's a film-eo. A cinematic, short film." The band also hope to tour, but those plans depend on Yauch's health.