Geto Boys have canceled their upcoming reunion tour after Bushwick Bill, who recently revealed he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, pulled out of the trek.
The four-date tour was scheduled to begin tonight in Pontiac, Michigan. However, TMZ reports that Bushwick Bill exited the tour at the last minute because the Bill felt promoters were exploiting his cancer battle by branding it “The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.”
Bushwick Bill also reportedly envisioned the tour as a “Bushwick and Friends” billing, but organizers instead billed it a Geto Boys reunion tour. According to TMZ, Bushwick Bill will now embark on a 20-date “Phuck Cancer” solo tour that begins June 8th in Dallas, with 10 percent of proceeds going toward pancreatic cancer patients in each city of the tour.
Willie D and Scarface have not commented on the Geto Boys’ tour cancellation on social media. However, venues that were hosting the reunion – including New York’s Sony Hall – have confirmed its cancellation.
Earlier this month, Bushwick Bill revealed he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I figure keeping it myself is not really helping nobody, and I’m not really afraid of dying because if anyone knows anything about me from [his 1992 song] ‘Ever So Clear,’ I died and came back already in June 1991, so I know what it’s like on the other side,” Bushwick Bill said, referring to the incident where he accidentally shot himself in the eye.
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I didn't like the title. Simple. It didn't speak life into my situation, but instead promoted the idea of impending death. I believe in the power of the tongue and speaking things into existence (whether you intend to or not.) If the tour was speaking life and good health, cool. But if I got on stage and performed, then I’m basically agreeing that I’m starting a journey on a "long goodbye". That’s not the energy I want to put out there. I refuse to even entertain that thought. And anyone who genuinely cares about me wouldn’t support nothing of that nature either. I’m going to fight this cancer ?. And with your support and prayers, I’m gonna beat it too. #GoodVibesOnly Be on the lookout for the "Phuck Cancer" tour which kicks off June 8th in Dallas, Texas . @realdawn_p @tmz #FuckCancer #PhuckCancerTour #bushwickbill #getoboys #awareness #music #news #tmz #theshaderoom