Recently, Brooklyn rockers TV On The Radio announced that they will release their fourth album, Nine Types of Light, and embark on a new tour. But bassist Gerard Smith will not be joining them. The band announced on their website that Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and has been undergoing treatment. They write:
Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer. As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour. Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results. Combine that with Gerard's legendarily willful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem. We appreciate your concern and support for Gerard and his family.
The tour is still on, though it is unclear who will be replacing Smith. The band will launch their tour at SXSW tomorrow, and play Radio City Music Hall on April 13th.