Black Sabbath / Tony Iommi Update

Guitarist undergoing treatment
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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has given fans a brief update as his battle against cancer continues.

One of metal's true pioneers, Black Sabbath's reformation delighted millions of fans around the world. Sadly, though, the band have not had their troubles to seek, with internal wrangles and health issues dogging the re-union.

Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancer last year, and has been undergoing radiotherapy. Keeping fans updated, the Black Sabbath guitarist recently posted a fresh message to his website:

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A little update on how it's all going:

Well, I've had the last dose of chemotherapy so hopefully my body will start to get back to normal soon, the steroids were the worse. I've now got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up which I'm told can be very tiring so we'll see.

A big thanks to Ozzy and Geezer for coming over to England, it was a big incentive for me, we managed to work most days and have some great new tracks.

And, importantly thanks again for your kind messages, hope to be seeing you soon.

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One name missing from the update is drummer Bill Ward. Separating his involvement from the re-union due to legal and financial issues, Ward recently revealed that discussions are ongoing.

"Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome."

Finishing, Bill Ward insisted that all remained well between the members of Black Sabbath. "While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives."

"Many thanks to all of you" he wrote. "You are truly phenomenal".

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