By Jon Wiederhorn
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced that his cancer is in remission. The metal legend received the good news from his doctor and shared it yesterday (August 9) with his hometown paper the Birmingham Mail.
“I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue,” he said. “I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is alright up to this point.”
Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and has been told by his doctor that the disease could become active again at an time.
“The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick—but I’m aware that it could come back one day,” he said. “I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP’s, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups. That’s something that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again.”
Black Sabbath return to North America this month to continue their The End tour, which will be the final tour of the band’s storied career. The last Sabbath dates on this side of the pond begin August 17 in Wantagh, New York and run through November 12 in San Antonio, Texas. The group’s last international dates start November 16 in Mexico City and conclude in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England with two dates, February 2 and 4 of next year.