Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took to the web last week to update the masses on his cancer treatments, as well as the band’s recording sessions for their first Ozzy-fronted studio album since the 70s.
Iommi, who revealed in January that doctors diagnosed him with early-stage lymphona, dropped fans a note via his website, Facebook and Twitter, that he finished his chemotherapy treatments, but that radiation lies ahead. He also confirmed that Sabbath bandmates Ozzy and Geezer Butler had spent time in England during this course of chemo in order to allow the legendary metalheads to continue recording their nineteenth studio album—their first with Ozzy since 1978’s Never Say Die:
The original Sabbath lineup (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and drummer Bill Ward) had been gearing up for a full tour and their first full-fledged in-studio reunion (with Rick Rubin producing) in nearly 35 years. Then came Iommi’s January announcement, reducing the tour to one show (Download Festival) followed by a series of “Ozzy & Friends” gigs. Ward then dropped a bomb in February, quitting the reunion because Iommi allegedly wouldn’t give him a ‘signable’ written contract.
As they said they would, the other three band members have apparently soldiered on without Ward. We’re looking forward to hearing the finished product when it comes out later in 2012, not to mention hearing more good news about Iommi’s health.