Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi: ‘Cancer is in remission and hopefully this situation will continue’
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says that his cancer is finally in remission. The metal legend revealed the good news during a plaque-unveiling at Spire Parkway Hospital’s Specialist Care Centre in Solihull, England, where he’d been receiving treatment for lymphoma.
Iommi’s illness was diagnosed as cancer in early 2012 and has been undergoing treatment on and off since that time. While he worked throughout the ordeal with the reunited Black Sabbath, it was decided that the band would do one final tour due to the musician’s health issues.
“I am in remission, and hopefully this situation will continue,” he told The Birmingham Mail. “I came back to hospital straight after [Black Sabbath] finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is all right up to this point.”
Nevertheless, Iommi is aware that he has to keep both feet on the ground: “The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick, but I’m aware that it could come back one day.”