Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system.
Tony and his doctors are currently establishing the best treatment plan and the legendary guitarist is upbeat and determined to make a full and complete recovery. It is understood that Tony will start chemotherapy treatment on Thursday.
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This awful news comes as the original line up of Black Sabbath — Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward — are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. The album is still set for release later this year.
Black Sabbath are booked to headline several European Festival dates this year as part of their 2012 World Tour and a US tour is anticipated.
The band made this announcement on their Facebook page at 2.10pm today, Monday 9th January 2012.
"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."
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