Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has just been diagnosed with early stages of lymphoma. Although the exact kind of lymphoma has not been announced, it’s good news that it was caught early on. Iommi is working with doctors to figure out the best course of treatment and has not let this stop him from recording and rehearsing for the new Black Sabbath album.
Having had a lot of personal interaction with cancer in my life, I know just how traumatic and tough it can be. I give my sincere well wishes to Tony and hope for a speedy recovery.
Below is a statement from the band’s Facebook
“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. Further information will be released as it becomes available.“