Black Sabbath Star Made Album During Chemotherapy

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has revealed that he was enduring chemotherapy during the recording of the band's new album.

Black Sabbath Star Made Album During Chemotherapy
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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has revealed that he was enduring chemotherapy during the recording of the band's new album. The guitarist has announced that he received chemotherapy sessions for the treatment of lymphoma, after being diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the year. The illness returned after plans for a reunion tour were already announced, however Iommi insisted on continuing on the project. Speaking to Kerrang! Iommi mentioned his struggle, "It was good for me to do that. I did feel tired and sick - and it does make you sick, you start throwing up. But on the days when I felt I could do it, we were all there working." Band mate Geezer Butler continued, "He was going to the hospital one day, and we'd go into the studio the next depending on how the chemo was affecting him." The band have also announced that they have recorded 15 new tracks in all and expect to write a further two more for the new album, which has been described by Ozzy Osbourne as "f--king killer, man". Black Sabbath are to headline this weekend's Download Festival at Donington Park. Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    Gibson0204
    I have to say, this man is a true inspiration. This is the definition of how a true role model should be. Full respect for Tony, incredible.
    rip3149
    Jack Black said it best "You cannot kill the Metal" IRON MAN LIVES AGAIN
    Epi g-310
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    Hold on... are you actually complaining about extra music here? You're shitting me.
    jurnag12
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    Seriously? There's an entire new, almost-classic line-up Black Sabbath album coming (After the last one, decades ago), and you're complaining that it has TOO MANY songs because that might make it seem alternative? These guys CREATED Metal. They could make a 27 track didgeridoo album for all it'd matter, and it'd still be awesome.
    Abacus11
    Tony Iommi is just awesome. People whine and complain about the smallest things and he's in the studio while going through chemotherapy. Tony, not only are you a brilliant guitar player and an innovator but you're seriously an inspiration. Thank You!
    SuicidalFreak
    Gibson0204 wrote: I have to say, this man is a true inspiration. This is the definition of how a true role model should be. Full respect for Tony, incredible.
    I agree.
    Voodoochile711
    You guys don't get it. It's better to have 10 excellent songs instead of 15 songs where only a handful are good and the rest are filler. Go back and look at the most respected metal / hard rock albums - they usually have 10 or less tracks. All Sabbath albums so far have never gone over 10 and that's because most metal bands focus on quality and substance over quantity. How many 14,15,16 track albums can you name where every song is a masterpiece?
    Filler from Black Sabbath is a masterpiece from a normal band. Iommi said himself that Paranoid was a filler song; look how that turned out.
    Sheep Shagger
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    It's been 34 years since the last Ozzy-Sabbath album. As long as the songs are good, 15-17 tracks is fine. Several of them are likely to end up as iTunes/Japanese bonus tracks anyway, if Ozzy's last few albums are anything to go by. However, if they were to put 10-11 tracks on the album, they could always release an EP next year containing the leftover tracks. I'd be happy with that too.
    iommi600
    I mean... he's ****ing Tony Iommi, guys. He lost two fingers in an accident and is one of the best rock and roll guitarists of all time. A cancer would not ****ing stop him! I really admire how he's been perseverant like that during all his career in Black Sabbath, this man really loves what he does. KEEP STRONG, IOMMI!
    BoobuleeGroovin
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    You're right, a double disc comeback album. Fuckin righteous! Why do you have to assume that there is filler in the metal gods return. Blasphemy I say! Sabbath as a whole has definitely proven themselves so far
    Mikethespud
    17 tracks is about twice as many as an average Sabbath album, I hope they're as good as the first few albums
    john_kimble
    Tony Iommi is the man. Here's hoping for the cancer to go into remission so he can go out there with Geezer and Mr. Sharon to show the kiddies how it's truly done.
    Metalreaper13
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: You guys don't get it. It's better to have 10 excellent songs instead of 15 songs where only a handful are good and the rest are filler. Go back and look at the most respected metal / hard rock albums - they usually have 10 or less tracks. All Sabbath albums so far have never gone over 10 and that's because most metal bands focus on quality and substance over quantity. How many 14,15,16 track albums can you name where every song is a masterpiece?
    In all fairness, a lot of sabbaths early songs off of the first few albums, weren't about substance and quality, they went into the studio, jammed, and that became a song. Now some songs they did go through and try to improve a part here and there. But early sabbath was just recording jam sessions, and they became albums. I agree and disagree with parts of your argument, but hey, If anyone can make an album with 14-17 masterpieces, sabbath is a better bet than almost any other band
    BigSpence
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: You guys don't get it. It's better to have 10 excellent songs instead of 15 songs where only a handful are good and the rest are filler. Go back and look at the most respected metal / hard rock albums - they usually have 10 or less tracks. All Sabbath albums so far have never gone over 10 and that's because most metal bands focus on quality and substance over quantity. How many 14,15,16 track albums can you name where every song is a masterpiece?
    Shoot me for double posting, but Coheed and Cambria's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness is a whole fifteen tracks of flawlessness.
    Voodoochile711
    Gibson0204 wrote: I have to say, this man is a true inspiration. This is the definition of how a true role model should be. Full respect for Tony, incredible. Yeah because someone who continually screws over his band mates, acts like an arrogant prick constantly, and makes a sob story about having the most treatable form of cancer is a real role model. There are people way worse off medically than him and do more than he's doing. I've lost all respect for the man.
    While it is the most treatable form of cancer, chemo is chemo dude. You probably have no idea what it's like to go through that treatment or you wouldn't say that. No matter what Iommi's like as a person, you gotta give him props for continuing to work through it.
    Von II
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: You guys don't get it. It's better to have 10 excellent songs instead of 15 songs where only a handful are good and the rest are filler. Go back and look at the most respected metal / hard rock albums - they usually have 10 or less tracks. All Sabbath albums so far have never gone over 10 and that's because most metal bands focus on quality and substance over quantity. How many 14,15,16 track albums can you name where every song is a masterpiece?
    You do know that Paranoid was intended as a filler song right?
    L2112Lif
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    Better to pick and choose from a larger pool of songs to get a more consistent album.
    powachord
    jurnag12 wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10. Seriously? There's an entire new, almost-classic line-up Black Sabbath album coming (After the last one, decades ago), and you're complaining that it has TOO MANY songs because that might make it seem alternative? These guys CREATED Metal. They could make a 27 track didgeridoo album for all it'd matter, and it'd still be awesome.
    Id buy it. And its "whittle", not "widdle".
    Battman1993
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    First of all, this is the first album w/ original lineup in 34 years, so I wouldn't bitch about how many songs they write. Secondly, they'll probably release 10 or 11 on the regular album and release the others as an EP later.
    Seref
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Yeah because someone who continually screws over his band mates, acts like an arrogant prick constantly, and makes a sob story about having the most treatable form of cancer is a real role model. There are people way worse off medically than him and do more than he's doing. I've lost all respect for the man.
    I didn't even know it was possible to insult someone for having cancer.
    Iommianity
    God forbid someone who rather have 7 or 8 strong songs....Unless you love every Sabbath album, including Forbidden and Eternal Idol, sit down. Nothing wrong with having a certain preference based on your favourite Sabbath albums. There is something wrong when you can't post an opinion without 5 or 6 junior Sabbath fans biting your head off. Iommi can write riffs all day long, that's never been in dispute. Sorry that some of us feel that doesn't always translate to amazing songs. I don't see a lot of people listening to 'Psycho Man' like they do 'Into the Void'.
    Maestro1600
    powachord wrote: jurnag12 wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10. Seriously? There's an entire new, almost-classic line-up Black Sabbath album coming (After the last one, decades ago), and you're complaining that it has TOO MANY songs because that might make it seem alternative? These guys CREATED Metal. They could make a 27 track didgeridoo album for all it'd matter, and it'd still be awesome. Id buy it. And its "whittle", not "widdle".
    It's 'I'd', not 'Id' and 'it's', not 'its'. I'm sure you'll appreciate the advice and thank me for it, rather than see me as a patronising know-it-all. Afterall, you were happy to dish it out yourself.
    Iron_Beast
    I bet they are writing/recording as many songs as possible and put the best songs on the album. The leftovers may be material for the next album!
    BigSpence
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    I love the voting feature in UG comment sections.
    Lightning_Ray
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: You guys don't get it. It's better to have 10 excellent songs instead of 15 songs where only a handful are good and the rest are filler. Go back and look at the most respected metal / hard rock albums - they usually have 10 or less tracks. All Sabbath albums so far have never gone over 10 and that's because most metal bands focus on quality and substance over quantity. How many 14,15,16 track albums can you name where every song is a masterpiece?
    American III: Solitary Man by Johnny Cash, Electric Ladyland (Double Album) by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Double Album) by Genesis, Dirt by Alice In Chains, The Wall by Pink Floyd (Double Album with over 13 tracks each disc)
    G.N.
    Wow. Now that's dedication. I applaud you, good sir. Hope to see you emerge victorious over that horrid disease once and for all.
    Sammy Mantis
    i_am_metalhead wrote: Gibson0204 wrote: I have to say, this man is a true inspiration. This is the definition of how a true role model should be. Full respect for Tony, incredible. Yeah because someone who continually screws over his band mates, acts like an arrogant prick constantly, and makes a sob story about having the most treatable form of cancer is a real role model. There are people way worse off medically than him and do more than he's doing. I've lost all respect for the man.
    Wow, what a douche. And just as a side note, I've lost two family members to lymphoma.
    codyjt5150
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    wtf does alternative and the number of tracks have to do with a black sabbath album? People like you need to learn to think before you sound like an idiot.
    hardrocker64
    Hope they release and double album!
    HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10.
    HARTATTACK69
    This man is an inspiration. Seriously, he is battling cancer and he isn't letting him stop what he loves and spent his whole life doing. I wish I had half of the will power and strength that Tony has
    Maestro1600
    powachord wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: MrDo0m wrote: Maestro1600 wrote: powachord wrote: jurnag12 wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10. Seriously? There's an entire new, almost-classic line-up Black Sabbath album coming (After the last one, decades ago), and you're complaining that it has TOO MANY songs because that might make it seem alternative? These guys CREATED Metal. They could make a 27 track didgeridoo album for all it'd matter, and it'd still be awesome. Id buy it. And its "whittle", not "widdle". It's 'I'd', not 'Id' and 'it's', not 'its'. I'm sure you'll appreciate the advice and thank me for it, rather than see me as a patronising know-it-all. Afterall, you were happy to dish it out yourself. The commas and period belong before the end of the quotation mark, not after. lol, sorry dude I couldn't resist. Actually, I'm not even sure if I'm right. Anyways, I'm really looking forward to this album. Tony Iommi is an inspiration to us all. You're not right, but that's cool, because I appreciate your honesty! If I was quoting a section that included punctuation, then I would've included it within the quotation marks. As I added the commas, though, they had to go outside. Patronising? Yes. As well as condescending. All i did was point out a simple spelling mistake, then you took it to a new level of douchery. Well done.
    Thank you There are lots of people on here who make spelling mistakes, and lots of people who don't have English as a first language. If you're going to be the spelling police, then make sure your own posts are up to scratch. I didn't take the douchery to a new level, I maintained an existing level.
    dennis.1960
    Tony, seeing you play at the California Jam in '74 made me want to become a guitar player. Seeing you fight cancer and play through it makes me proud to be a guitar player.
    K33nbl4d3
    The guy's an absolute legend, no question... Did cancer really think it had a chance against a guy who could be a legendary guitarist with the tips of two of his fretboard fingers missing? Jokes aside, I wish him well, he's an inspiration...
    idontgiveafuk
    Too many tracks? the guy is 64 battling cancer and dealing with chemotherapy i'd figure he wants to release as much material as possible in d time he has on this earth in case god forbid things turn south, dio went during his fight with cancer and those guys were best friends! that's gotta b heavy on his mind too yano? the guy is an inspiration! as for mr "i_am_metalhead"'s comments sir you have got to be the dumbest most contradictory moron on d planet it was iommi who invented metal to begin with! so without him your username would probably be 'i_am_****head' as metal music would not exist as it is today! as for quality i figure maybe ozzy knows a thing or 2 bout good music nd i cant ****in wait to hear it
    ndrummerc
    jurnag12 wrote: HeavyMetalSonic wrote: 15-17 tracks is way too many. This is a metal album, not crappy alternative. I really hope they widdle it down to 10. Seriously? There's an entire new, almost-classic line-up Black Sabbath album coming (After the last one, decades ago), and you're complaining that it has TOO MANY songs because that might make it seem alternative? These guys CREATED Metal. They could make a 27 track didgeridoo album for all it'd matter, and it'd still be awesome.
    One must never doubt the didgeridoo, like all things in Australia, it can and would kill you easily
    Northernmight
    How the **** do you loose respect for the man, when he's recording an album while having cancer? i mean, if you don't find it awesome, then you'd just not care - how on earth can it be a NEGATIVE thing?