Well, this news sucks.
Tony Iommi released a statement today confirming that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma and is looking at possible treatments with his medical team.
How this affects the touring and recording plans of the newly-reunited Black Sabbath seems like quite the secondary issue but I hope that the early diagnosis means that Tony will be able to get better and get back to rocking our faces off with molten metallic riffs as soon as possible.
My best good vibes are going out to the original Iron Man and one of the founding fathers of Modern Metal.
Here’s Sabbath doing “Paranoid” in 2005 – with Ozzy Osbourne using some regrettably NSFW language – but then, he’s Ozzy, so any entreaty to tone down the Anglo-Saxon vulgarity is rather akin to asking me not to eat toast: You can ask, but it’s a request doomed to failure. Much like Cancer’s ill-advised effort to take down Iommi, in fact.