Although Beastie Boys had been slated as a late addition to headline this year, Rob Hagey was sad to confirm the cancellation of their performance for Street Scene’s 25th anniversary event.
Adam Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys known as MCA, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Yauch shared the news with the publich through a homemade video posted on their Web site expressing regret regarding the necessary cancellations of numerous scheduled festivals. Yauch also noted the details of his cancer.
“The good news is, they did scans of my whole body and it’s only localized in this one are, and it’s not in a place that affects my voice, so . that’s nice. That’s convenient,” Yauch laughed. “So it’s a little bit of a setback – it’s a pain in the ass – but this is something that’s very treatable, and in most cases . they’re able to completely get rid of it, and people don’t have continuing problems with it, and they’ve caught it early and it’s not anywhere else in my body. So that’s the good news.”
In a press release, Hagey stated that they “were glad that doctors were able to diagnose the cancerous tumor early and wish Adam a fast and safe recovery. It is time for Adam to take care of Adam and our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time.” Hagey further commented that he considers the Beastie Boys an “irreplaceable act, which will truly be missed, but the show will continue to highlight its original phenomenal lineup with its amazing talent and great venue.
After the Beastie Boys cancellation, producers brought in other hip-hop acts such as Public Enemy and Busta Rhymes to boost an already loaded Saturday lineup.