A few days after the unfortunate news broke that Black Sabbath’s legendary guitarist Tony Iommi had been diagnosed with the early stages of Lymphoma (a type of cancer), Tony has given his first comments since the diagnosis in a message posted on his website earlier today. Iommi, also the guitarist in Heaven & Hell until Ronnie James Dio’s death in 2010 (also from cancer) was very grateful for all the support he has received. You can read the message from Tony below:
“My fans, friends & colleagues –
I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.
Well it’s not what I wanted for Christmas, that’s for sure, but now I can’t wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.
It’s really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.
Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.
Bless you all,
It has already been reported that in light of his diagnosis (and alluded to in Tony’s post on his website) that the rest of Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne) are heading to England, along with Producer Rick Rubin so that the band can continue the writing and recording of the first new Black Sabbath album with Ozzy as vocalist for thirty three years.
Black Sabbath are due to embark on the first leg of a new world tour at the end of May / start of June including a headline spot on the final night of the 10th anniversary of the Download Festival at Donington Park. Everyone at Rocksins’ continues to wish Tony Iommi well in battling his illness with every hope that he will come out on top and be healthy by the time the band’s tour is due to start. For more rock & metal news updates including anything further on Tony Iommi or Black Sabbath please stay tuned to Rock Sins.