Very sad news today, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with cancer. Iommi has been working on the new Black Sabbath album and getting ready for the 2012 reunion tour so the news comes as a major setback for the band.
Back Sabbath have released a statement on their official Facebook page:
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.
So far the band have not said anything about whether Iommi’s treatment plan may involve cancelling tour dates; the band are booked to headline the download festival later in the year.