Thursday, April 9, 2015

Black Sabbath guitarist issues update following Ozzfest Japan cancellation

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has issued an update on his health following the band’s cancellation as headliners at Ozzfest Japan this fall – a story first broken internationally by hennemusic on Wednesday.

“Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind,” posted Iommi. “I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday! Once you’ve had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I’m fine and have regular blood tests.”

Iommi was diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012 and has been in an out of treatment for the health issue in the past few years while managing to both record and perform a world tour in support of Black Sabbath’s 2013 album, “13.”

A band rep has indicated the guitarist’s statement is in response to speculation about his health as the possible reason behind the cancellation, which has not yet been explained by manager Sharon Osbourne.

Ozzy’s wife released a video on March 20 announcing Black Sabbath would perform.

"Ozzfest will be back in Japan on November 21st and 22nd,” said Sharon (video below). “And this will be Black Sabbath’s farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that."

Ozzfest Japan 2015 will take place November 21 and 22 at Makuhari Messe.

See also:

BREAKING NEWS: Black Sabbath cancel farewell concert in Japan
Ozzy Osbourne cancels Ozzfiesta due to upcoming surgery
Black Sabbath announce first date of farewell tour
Ozzy Osbourne teases Ozzfest Japan 2015 announcement
Search Ozzy Osbourne at hennemusic