Beasties' Mike D To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

The Beastie Boys' Mike Diamond will go under the surgical knife on Monday, July 31, to repair ligaments in his right shoulder that were separated during a bicycle accident last weekend.

Diamond, whose injury has been diagnosed as a fifth degree acromioclavicular joint dislocation, was originally thought to undergo surgery on Friday to treat the injury (see "'Rhyme & Reason' Tour Postponed; Rage Delays S.F. Shows").

Following the operation, Diamond will have to rest for at least six weeks, followed by an as-yet-undetermined period of physical rehabilitation, although organizers for the Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine's planned "Rhyme & Reason" joint tour are hopeful that the dates can be rescheduled for later in the fall.

"On the real, things like these serve as our greatest teachings," Diamond wrote in a statement. "The incident happened so fast and so close to my NYC home, yet it has affected

so many people's plans for the future. So, just when we think we are in control, we are awakened to realize that it is just an illusion of control that we live in."

According to the Beasties' official Web site, Diamond has already lined up some heavy reading material for his recovery period, including the "Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying," Sogyal Rinpoche's take on the "Tibetan Book Of The Dead," "A Course In Miracles" by Helen Schucman, and "The Path Of Emancipation" by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.