Tony Iommi, the legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath, has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.
The band's Facebook page made the announcement about Iommi on Monday. The statement reads,
With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, 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.
This comes as Black Sabbath--Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)--are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
As Rolling Stone reports, Black Sabbath is due to kick off a world tour on May 18 in Moscow. It is unclear whether or not Iommi's health will affect these plans.
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