Monday, January 9, 2012

Tony Iommi diagnosed with lymphoma

Guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, has been diagnosed with what is believed to be early stages of lymphoma. Black Sabbath's publicist has stated that his bandmates would like to send positive vibes to the 63 year-old guitarist. Just two months ago, Black Sabbath announced they would have a reunion tour with the original line-up and a new studio album produced by Rick Rubin. The band are slated to perform their first gig on May 18. With Iommi's diagnosis, the tour and album might be postponed though nothing has been said. According to the band's publicist, Iommi remains upbeat while doctors come up with the best treatment.
I'm not going to lie: I'm close to tears right now. My biggest fear is that Tony will end up like Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle to stomach cancer in 2010. However, I've read that what Ronnie did was wrong: he did not get screened when his doctors asked him to. If these are early stages of lymphoma, Tony might have a chance. Still, I'm not a doctor. All we can do now is pray for Tony to get better so he can kick some ass with Black Sabbath this year on the road.


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