Well, there’s the day ruined. It has just been announced that Tony Iommi, legendary guitarist of seminal metal band Black Sabbath who was responsible for the popularization of downtuning, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. Here’s the word:
“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.”
For those who don’t know, lymphoma is a cancer that affects lymphocytes, an important part of the immune system. While serious, it is curable if caught early enough and survival rate is pretty high. Let’s all hope that he can pull a Nergal and beat cancer and jump back into the newly reunited Black Sabbath. Keep Tony in your thoughts and prayers.