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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is cancer free

By Liz Kelly

From left, Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Adam Yauch. (By Amber Novak For The 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."

Don't recognize Yauch from the photo? Mayhaps this description (from the Beastie's own "No Sleep Till Brooklyn") will ring a bell:

Born and bred Brooklyn, USA
They call me Adam Yauch, but I'm MCA
Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon
I sip the def ale with all the fly women

Yauch announced in 2009 that he'd been diagnosed with a tumor in his salivary gland and that he'd been using Eastern medicine and eating a vegan diet in hopes of slowing or reversing the sickness.

In addition to the new album and a potential tour (depending on Yauch's recovery), the Beasties also have a film both written and directed by Yauch debuting at Sundance later this month.

"Fight For Your Right Revisited" features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black. According to the Sundance website, the movie is subtitled: "After the boys leave the party..."

It's not even a video, it's a film-eo," said Mike D. "A cinematic, short film. "

Sources: Spin, BBC

A few of my favorite Beastie clips follow below, just because it's Friday, it's my blog (and Jen's) and it's all good. Beware a teensy bit of salty language:



By Liz Kelly  | January 7, 2011; 11:39 AM ET
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Please be clear. The Eastern medicine/vegan diet is a lifestyle change aimed at preventing recurrence. According you the link you provided, Yauch apparently adopted these changes after treating his cancer with radiation and surgery. Other reports stated that the cancer was "very treatable." Your item gives the impression that the Eastern medicine/vegan diet is somehow responsible for his remission when it is, in fact, the conventional treatment.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 7, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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