||TONY IOMMI: "I'VE HAD MY LAST DOSE OF CHEMOTHERAPY"
27th March 2012
Tony Iommi has issued an update on his battle against lymphoma and has reported that he has now had his final dose of chemotherapy and will now move onto three weeks of radiotherapy.
Tony expressed gratitude to fellow Sabbath founder members Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler for travelling to England to join him in creating tracks for the new Sabbath album, which appears to still be on track. The majority of Sabbath's planned world tour has been cancelled.
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Tony thanked all the fans who sent him well-wishes since the announcement of his condition and the statement in full is below.
There is no mention of original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward in the statement. Ward was originally supposed to be part of the 2012 reunion tour and album plans, but a dispute over his contract has left him so far unwilling to sign up to join his former bandmates.
"A little update on how it's all going:
Well, I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse. I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see.
"A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England, it was a big incentive for me, we managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.
"And, importantly thanks again for your kind messages, hope to be seeing you soon.