Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beasties' MCA Updates Fans On Health- From

I would just like to thank all of our BGLU readers for your prayers and concerns for my husband's speedy recovery. JUST PLAYIN'. See how rumors get started? I LOVES me some MCA though! -Toya

Back in July, Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys announced that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, and that the Beasties would be canceling all plans for the rest of the year. On Wednesday, Yauch sent out an update on his progress to the Beasties' e-mail list, saying he had spent some time recently in Dharamsala, India.

Yauch wrote that he "went over there to see some Tibetan doctors, but as it worked out, the Dalai Lama was giving a three-day teaching, so I was able to attend that as well." He added, "I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell. I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in India than it is now that I'm back home. Here i can just shop for the right food and cook... a lot easier than depending on restaurants."

He showed his sense of humor is still in tact, referencing Caddyshack while telling a story that he had visited a nunnery in India, where the nuns held a religious ceremony to help him get well. "One nun said to me, 'we do prayers and then you are better.' So I've got that going for me, which is nice."

Yauch adds that the Beasties have not set a new release date for their postponed album, Hot Sauce Committee Part 1, which had been originally slated for a September release. He says he hopes it will be out in the first half of 2010. He notes that in the meantime, "I'm just enjoying a little downtime in Massachusetts, taking walks in the woods and hanging out with the family.... still doing a little work related to [his film company] Oscilloscope, watching screeners and attending some screenings, but for the most part, just laying low."

Yauch concludes, "Thanks again for all of the well wishes and prayers, and the letters were great too, brought a smile to my face reading them."

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