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UPDATE: Yauch has released a statement contradicting the BBC‘s report. He says, “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.”


Beastie Boys member Mike D says the veteran rap trio is still on track for a 2011 comeback that includes the release of new album “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2” this spring, after Adam Yauch’s cancer battle rendered the group inactive for much of 2010.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1, Mike D confirms that the Beasties’ release schedule for its two “Hot Sauce Committee” albums has not changed from what was announced back in October 2010. “It’s still delayed – the first one,” he says. “The second one is coming out as originally scheduled”…

Washington Post:

Adam (MCA) Yauch is cancer free and ready to continue fighting for his right to party. Which is a big relief for long-time fans. Fans who perhaps saw the Beasties play the Cap Center in 1987 on the “Licensed to Ill” tour when they were censored by Tipper Gore and her PMRC and have been fans ever since. Not that I know anyone like that.

Fellow Beastie Boy Mike “Mike D” Diamond, in a BBC Radio1 interview, said the group is moving forward with its new album, “Hot Sauce Committee II” now that Yauch had overcome his battle with cancer, saying ”[It’s] a good thing. We’re really happy about it…”