TV on the Radio are preparing to drop their fourth full-length album (or fifth, if you include OK Calculator) in the shape of Nine Types of Light in April, but the band has been hit by the news that bassist Gerard Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Smith will not be hitting the road with the band when they start touring the record, and the group has released the following statement about it:
“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.”
Here’s to wishing Gerard a speedy recovery so he can resume work with the band in the near future.