Tony Iommi Cancer Update

The Black Sabbath guitarist has updated fans on his cancer treatment, and says the Black Sabbath recording sessions are still on track.

Tony Iommi Cancer Update
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Tony Iommi says his cancer treatment hasn't stopped him from writing almost every day with Black Sabbath. The guitarist was diagnosed with lymphoma in January, forcing the band to cancel tour plans and move production of their new album to the UK where he would receive treatment for his illness. He updated fans with a statement on his site: "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 [sic]. 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." Despite scrapping their tour plans, with European festival dates being replaced by Ozzy + Friends, Black Sabbath is still scheduled to headline Download Festival in the UK. Meanwhile, it appears that Bill Ward is yet to re-negotiate with his former bandmates, after turning down a contract to join their latest reunion.

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    ShevanelFlip
    Keep fighting Tony! It's gonna take more then cancer to take on a true Heavy Metal HERO!
    iommi600
    Nothing new to me. Everybody knows that all forms of cancer are scared of his riffs. Keep strong, Iommi! You're the ****ing man.
    Pan-Tallica
    This is very inspiring. Many people going through cancer treatments lose the ability to engage in their favourite hobbies... It's probably very beneficial to Tony's health that he is still able to do what he loves, surrounded by his friends. We're rooting for you, man! \m/
    DesertMetal
    seems like a fairly small amount of treatment which I guess is a good thing, hope to see a full recovery!
    HARTATTACK69
    see this is the kind of news that should be gracing the front page, although it should be the #1 story
    Powersurge213
    I remember when my Grandad went through this... he was convinced that the Bandits were invading the post office... If Tony was anything like this, I cannot wait for the new album All the Best to Iommi
    AeroRocker
    This is really good to hear. And guys, don't quote advertisements. You're just putting more spam links on the page.
    Tigershark2112
    I lost my uncle at 4:30 a.m. today to cancer he just found out about only 2 weeks ago, so this is some well-needed light in this very dark day I'm having.
    henboyrules
    It's awesome to see Tony still rocking out even with cancer! It shows a true love for both the music and the fans. More musicians should be like this man, this hero!
    meow1992
    Gibson0204 wrote: So glad there aren't any trolls on this article. Glad to hear the good news
    just wait.....theyll be here
    pokerhappy
    Whoops. Forgot Bill Ward was out of it. Hope they can work something out, and of course that Iommi keeps it going.
    cfhdomination
    Great news. Get well soon Riff Lord! I'm beginning to think that the riffs he's writing/playing in the studio are having an effect on the cancer cells. Nothing is safe from Iommi's riffage, not even cancer!
    theseri
    If anyone can beat cancer, it's the god-father of heavy metal. Get well soon tony
    Groceries
    Way to fail on being funny and succeed in looking like a douche.
    centermass wrote: this is how the conversation between cancer cells in Tony Iommis body goes... cell#1 dude have you guys ever seen anything like this. cell#2 i know it's like we are powerless to do our destruction here cell#3 i agree this guy is some kind of machine.. to tell you the truth i'm a little scared! cell#4 ha!! a little scared i am F.U.C.K.I.N.G. petrified. guys i think we bit off a little more than we can chew here. i don't know about you guys but i am getting the hell out of here. In fact i think it's time to find a new line of work i mean really if there are more guys like this out there and im sure there are this shit is gonna start getting really dangerous. are you guys with me? cells 1,2,and 3 in unison hell yeah man lets make like forest and RUN!!!!!
    SiKh22
    What a warrior, all the best to him. Can't wait for their new album.
    Maiden95
    guitarlad89 wrote: keep at it Tony! Maybe those steroids will induce some super duper heavy riffs
    Tony doesn't need steroids to write super heavy riffs...imagine what they could do though. We love you Tony!
    swave75
    Excellent news and it is great to see everyone who rated this news with a 10 rating.
    Bleh?
    I'm glad to see he's being positive about it, hope he manages to pull through. I wish they'd hurry up and bring Bill back before I go and see them in June though.
    poisonousmetal
    YEAAAAAH! Tony is punching cancer in the balls! After he's done with himself he should cure people who have it. \m/ You fckin rock Father Iommi
    the chalky one
    man nothing can stop Iommi, i mean he had one of his fingers cut off accidently when he was young and he got through that. (which is hard for a guitarist) and now he's battling cancer...i think i speak for every one when i say.... HE'S GONNA KICK THAT CANCERS ASS!!!
    KataklysmDeth
    I hope this isn't another Dio trend. If he's actually progressing I'm very happy. If I see a RIP thread in the morning I'm quitting UG.
    BVBKilljoy
    This is good to hear. Although I'm not religious, I still pray for him every day of the week. Seriously though, I think Download's gonna be Ozzy, Zakk Wylde and Geezer. Pray for the man.
    Iblis92
    I saw Bill Ward on That Metal show awhile back. He said he'd have no qualms about playing with sabbath again. the fu*k?
    miahdoll
    Bill better sign up, he don't wanna miss this. I know he wants more money, don't we all, but get your ass out there, what the hell else is he doin, he aint gonna make that kinda money sittin around the waiting to die.
    Pad Mast3rs
    sorry i wanted to rate down the comment above you with that commercial buti hit your post my fault sorry for my english(!)
    the chalky one wrote: man nothing can stop Iommi, i mean he had one of his fingers cut off accidently when he was young and he got through that. (which is hard for a guitarist) and now he's battling cancer...i think i speak for every one when i say.... HE'S GONNA KICK THAT CANCERS ASS!!!
    Iblis92
    courtneypugh wrote: my buddy's aunt brought in $13728 the prior month. she gets paid on the laptop and bought a $428900 home. All she did was get lucky and set to work the tips made clear on this website NuttyRich.com
    You should be ashamed for spamming on this article you POS
    WhiteHatDude
    I dont wanna sound presumptuous or anything, but does anybody know how I can officially get a message across to Tony? I think I might have.....well, a cure.
    Forever Sabbath
    I am 53 years old, I have been a DIE HARD Sabbath fan from day 1, I cut my teeth on this music, they introduced me to my mind ! I am very sorry to hear of Tony and his illness, I sure hope he beats it and I am sure he will, I am VERY excited about this new album, all I say is please, please , please Bill... work something out as I want the original lineup, its just not the same without all 4....thanks !
    courtneypugh
    my buddy's aunt brought in $13728 the prior month. she gets paid on the laptop and bought a $428900 home. All she did was get lucky and set to work the tips made clear on this website NuttyRich.com