Please keep Gerard Smith, the amazing bassist for TV On The Radio, in your thoughts, as he has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, as recently announced by the famed Brooklyn band on their Web site on the eve of the release of the group's new album Nine Types of Light.
"Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer," the band said. "As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour.
However, a positive diagnosis for the otherwise deadly disease is expected for him.
"Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results," the band statement continued. "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."
Nine Types of Light is gearing up to be quite possibly TVOTR's best work yet and it is due out April 12th on Interscope. Please go out and support this amazing, amazing band. And check out the video for one new song, "Will Do", and download another great new track, "Caffeinated Consciousness", below.
Rest easy, Mr. Smith. Hope to see you back on the road soon. -Ed.