By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
It seems like Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t always participated in the healthiest activities throughout his life, but when his bandmate and friend, Tony Iommi, was complaining about a recurring pain in his groin, it was Osbourne that coerced him to go to the doctor.
Iommi ended up being diagnosed with lymphoma; news that left his friends, family, fans and himself in shock. Months later, the guitarist is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and is about to embark on a world tour with the reunited Black Sabbath, and put out a new album.
In a recent interview with the Birmingham Mail, the guitarist discussed the status of his cancer, and sounded positive about his health.
Iommi stated, “In myself I’m feeling OK now. When I first found that I had the illness, it was a dark time and I was a bit spaced out. Since we’ve been in rehearsals and recording sessions, I’ve felt pretty good – great even.”
The guitarists’ unique treatments bring him back to the hospital every six weeks, so the band has scheduled the tour specifically around his needs.
Regarding the Sabbath's upcoming reunion projects, the UK rocker said, “I think that the album and tour have given me something immediate to get my teeth into, something to accomplish,” and stated that the new album, entitled 13, is a “back to basics” effort that fits in with LPs like Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality.
We’re happy to hear that Tony is doing better and hope he continues on the road to a speedy recovery!
Black Sabbath kicks off their 2013 tour dates on April 20 in Auckland, New Zealand.
For Tony Iommi’s entire interview with the Birmingham Mail, click here, and head to BlackSabbath.com for a complete list of concert dates and to find out how to preorder 13, due out June 11.