Sabbath’s Iommi Diagnosed w/ Lymphoma

 

The reunion is not off
yet, however.

 

By Fred Mills

 

This morning the music world awoke to startling news – Black
Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The 63-year old
guitarist, in the early stages of the disease (cancer of the lymphocytes, cell
that comprise part of the immune system) indicated in a statement that he “remains
upbeat and [is] determined to make a full and successful recovery.”

 

At the moment there is apparently no plan to interrupt Sabbath’s 2012 reunion, which includes their
original lineup’s first album together in 33 years to be produced by Rick Rubin
for a fall release, as well as touring. They have already inked a deal to
appear at the Download Festival in England in June. (Go here to read
our coverage of the press conference
that the group held in November announcing
the reunion.)

 

In the official statement sent out by Black Sabbath this
morning:

 

“With the news that Black
Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his
bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this
time.  Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best
treatment plan — the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined
to make a full and successful recovery.

 

“This comes as Black
Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill
Ward (drums)–are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los
Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin.  They
will now go to the UK
to continue to work with Tony.”

 

 

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