Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Black Sabbath guitarist issues health update

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is starting off 2014 with a news update on the band and on his ongoing health battle with cancer.

“Best Wishes for the New Year, after such a brilliant 2013, it's going to be difficult to match it this year but we’ll be having a go,” he began. “I’d like the thank everyone who helped make the last year such a success, Ozzy [Osbourne] and Geezer [Butler], the band’s management, Rick [Rubin], Mike E and those who helped make the recording so good, the unseen work by our record label, the promotions team, my websites (Tracy, Joe & Bryce) and all of our touring crew, especially Mick and Kat who work with me personally.”

“We’ve some good things lined up for the coming year,” Iommi continued, “firstly the Grammys, then some dates in the US and Canada, and in the summer a quick trip round Europe.”

As for his health status, Iommi notes, “I should also be finishing my regular treatment and I’m hoping to not get so tired, all positive.”

“Many thanks to you all for your continued support, we’d be nothing without you,” he ended.

In January of 2012, Iommi shared the news with fans that he had been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. The guitarist toured throughout 2013 while continuing his cancer treatments.

Black Sabbath return to live action with a series of North American dates starting March 31 in New York.

The trek includes a 3-week Canadian tour that begins April 3 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and wraps April 22 in Edmonton, Alberta; it is followed by a Los Angeles stop at the Hollywood Bowl on April 26.

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