Tony Iommi Doubted He Could Tour With Sabbath

Guitarist talks cancer diagnosis in new interview.

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Black Sabbath 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."

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    Hope you will be alright Tony "Iron Man" Iommi. You are a true legend!
    Tony's the real life "Iron Man"...what an incredible inspiration to us all whether we're fighting an illness or not.
    He looked and sounded great last month when I saw him at the beginning of the tour. It's gonna take more than cancer just to take down the Iron Man.
    TONY JUST USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA MAN !!!! I mean **** it's been proven already it can treat cancer , why wouldn't he use Cannabis oil or something to treat it.
    Marijuana helps treat some of the side effects of cancer such as pain and dietary issues. Its not an instant cure. Also Im pretty sure he already smokes a lot of weed.