Legendary guitarist Tony Iommi, who is best known for his time with Black Sabbath, has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.
The scary news comes at a bad time, after Tony had been writing and recording new material with Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. This is their first new music for 33 years.
But the rockers have decided to relocate from Los Angeles to London to work on the album while Iommi undergoes treatment there.
A statement on Tony’s website read, “His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan — the ‘Iron Man’ of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery”.
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Iommi, 63, has become one of the world’s best known guitarists after Black Sabbath sold around 70 million albums worldwide.
The group announced their reunion in November 2011, which included a new album and 2012 world tour, but it’s not clear whether Iommi’s treatment will affect their plans.