guitarist Tony Iommi
has been speaking to Mercury News
(via Classic Rock
) about life on the road with the band. As the guitarist notes, he had doubts as to whether or not he would be able to tour at all because of his ongoing cancer treatments:"To be honest, I was wondering whether I could do it. I have to treat life very differently now."This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far it's been okay. The medical thing is still going on; it'll be ongoing, really, for life it's not going to go away."I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment, then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again; then we go back on the road."
Iommi notes that his illness has meant that the band has stopped taking things for granted:"I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody. It's brought the reality: you don't really know how long this is going to last."It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we've got and what we get to do."
In the interview, Iommi also talks about former Black Sabbath front man Ronnie James Dio
, who passed away from stomach cancer in 2010:"Ronnie was a superb singer - one of the best ... It's a sad ending. But Ronnie did give it his all, right to the end."