Tony Iommi Responds To Cancer Diagnosis

The Black Sabbath guitarist issued a personal thank you to his supporters today - but will the band be forced to cancel their world tour?

Tony Iommi Responds To Cancer Diagnosis
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Tony Iommi has posted a personal thank you to fans for their support after news that he has developed lymphomatic cancer. The Black Sabbath guitarist said he was overwhelmed by the support from his fan base, and added: "Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment. "It's really good that the guys are coming over [to the UK] so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio." As Tony mentions, the band will move their recording operations from the US to their home country to continue with their first recording together in 33 years. It's good to know the band will continue with plans to release a new album, but since Tony's diagnosis we haven't heard a whisper on their previously announced plans for a world tour. Yesterday, we reported that Black Sabbath were forced to cancel their scheduled headline slot at the Coachella Festival. Sadly, it might take more than a speedy recovery for Tony to manage a full-scale world tour. Here's hoping.

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    Superperfex
    Cancer is the biggest ***** in existence. Like, I don't want to sound like a child but it's just unfair how cancer takes away so many lives. Tony, I pray for you and your battle against cancer. Just take it day by day =/
    CJMusics
    Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great.
    Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN!
    thegoldenshroom
    Tony Iomni didn't get cancer, cancer got Tony Iommi and it's about to get the shit beat out of it!
    geezerburton
    the tour will prob be postponed but id rather tony get better then strain himself touring
    Engel22
    Apparently Iommi and his doctors caught this quite early on, so there's a very good chance to minimize the risk of premature death.
    MetObsessed
    Eifler121 wrote: CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN! Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on.
    Apparently a concert is more about show gimmicks than music to you. Tony plays as good as never before, and if you look at a another guy from Birmingham around the same age, Ozzy Osbourne, he looks like a wreck, but when he goes on stage his voice becomes golden. I would not care if they played in wheelchairs... they probably would just end up making it 'a thing', and begin doing wheelies around the stage.
    GenerationKILL
    Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great.
    I saw 'Sabbath in 98 and they put on a better show than abunch of twits your age, in skinny jeans with emo haircuts, limping around on stage. Don't you EVER Sh*t-talk Black Sabbath!
    Eifler121
    MetObsessed wrote: Eifler121 wrote: CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN! Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on. Apparently a concert is more about show gimmicks than music to you. Tony plays as good as never before, and if you look at a another guy from Birmingham around the same age, Ozzy Osbourne, he looks like a wreck, but when he goes on stage his voice becomes golden. I would not care if they played in wheelchairs... they probably would just end up making it 'a thing', and begin doing wheelies around the stage.
    It's not about gimmicks, but it needs to be a different experience than just hearing them play the songs. I can just pop in the CD for that. If I'm going to see a band in concert, I want there to be something worth seeing, not just hearing. I would've paid to see the Who back in the sixties and seventies, but now, it'd be pointless even if each member were still alive. I understand I'm in the minority on the website by favoring emotional impact over technical proficiency, speed, or distortion.
    Eifler121
    I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great.
    younghatter
    Cancer can't defeat the co-creator of metal, no way! I just see this as a positive, Sabbath get to carry on their journey in the UK! where they started! but seriously, Tony will kick its ass!
    Biggilton
    Eifler121 wrote: CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN! Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on.
    Concerts are about music, not people jumping on stage.
    Onehitsrock
    You're never too old to rock dude..Iknow old guys that are a hell of alot cooler than most 20 year old cocky-ass d- bags. I guarantee these guys play better now than back in the seventies. Its not like they are wearing diapers and shit! My dad is 66 and can still walk uphill and probably kick your ass....go listen to some Djent dumbass
    MetObsessed wrote: Eifler121 wrote: CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN! Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on. Apparently a concert is more about show gimmicks than music to you. Tony plays as good as never before, and if you look at a another guy from Birmingham around the same age, Ozzy Osbourne, he looks like a wreck, but when he goes on stage his voice becomes golden. I would not care if they played in wheelchairs... they probably would just end up making it 'a thing', and begin doing wheelies around the stage.
    adamzam
    Best wishes to Mr.Iommi. Cancel the tour if needed, true fans are patient enough for him to get well, I know I am.
    Eifler121
    CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN!
    Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on.
    Sheep Shagger
    All the best, Tony. It's awesome that Sabbath are determined to continue working on the album though, even while this is going on.
    jordo246
    Eifler121 wrote: CJMusics wrote: Eifler121 wrote: I wouldn't mind if the tour got canceled, provided Toni still survives and recovers. The concert would be too expensive for me to make it, they probably wouldn't come to NC, and I don't exactly want to go see a bunch of old men jumping on stage. An album can still be great. Okay mate, you started off strong there with the caring attitude then you turned into a ****wit. I want them to tour still, but of course still would like him to beat the cancer and recover. Would be so damn awesome to be able to see them live! COME ON IRON MAN! Sorry, I just was being honest. They're past their prime. It would've been cool to see them anytime before the 90's or so, but now they're just too old for it to be a realistically good show. It's not going to be cool just because they're the original line up. My grandpa can't walk uphill at 63, how's Tony's supposed to be exciting, I have no clue. I don't want to have to pretend that it was a great show for their age. On top of that there's going to be at least 1000 people at each concert citing Iron Man as the best Sabbath song. It's not even the best song on Paranoid, come on.
    Guessin you aint seen Judas Priest
    rickyj
    jordo246 wrote: Guessin you aint seen Judas Priest
    +1 saw them a few months ago, best show i've ever seen.
    gbovalle
    As a 16 year old that wasn't able to ever see them earlier i can honestly say that i do not give a f*ck about their age, because it's freaking Black Sabbath. think about this for a second; they single-handedly invented heavy metal, and they are still playing it because they are one of the greatest bands that have ever come to existence. I for one would do everything i can to be able to see them live because the crowd isn't just old men jumping around, it's heavy metal at it's finest and i know plenty of younger people that would kill to see some real music for once....i would besides...the tickets are probably going to be expensive, so any dumbass that think iron man is their best song will probably not realize the actual worth of a ticket and not buy it. With that being said Iommi will recover.....if he toured with ozzy, he is probably tough enough to be able to brush this off in no time... Heavy metal is alive and well, and in the horrible, horrible thought of one of it's founding fathers dying....it will imortalize him anyways. Get better Tony!!!