Tony Iommi has Cancer

This just posted from the Official Black Sabbath Facebook page.

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.


  1. Richard Franks says

    Hope you get better soon and you beat your fight with Cancer and win! Take care,Tony!

    Richard Franks

  2. Toni,

    Many prayers and healing energy your way! Hope you feel better!


  3. Emma Cutmore says


    Your a complete legend you will get through this and you batter fuckin had do so you can start making great music again, all the best

    Crazy little scouser

  4. Tony we believe that you will overcome cancer and will delight us with new songs !
    get well

    Evgeniy Bulitko
    Dneprorudnoe , Ukrain

  5. Happy birthday to you Toni…i’m late but anyway ! And heal quick ! Prayers and good vibes to you !

  6. Sasha & others says

    Tony, we’re your great fans from Belarus! Hopefully, you’ll make a speedy recovery — we just didn’t manage to imagine the life of the metal society without you! So, take care, ok?

    With very best wishes,
    Your very best fans and just friends.

  7. Hey brother,
    you taught me how to play almost 30 years ago with those 3 fingers of yours. I had to learn everything you played or to me , I just couldnt play. you were the best then n the best now. you started this, look forward to seein you wreak havoc for man years to come. Get well fast brother, and rock on.

  8. Dear Tony ,

    I have you saw playing live in the Netherlands 5 or 6 years ago and I almost crying you play so good .

    You are the sound of Black Sabbath , the World best Metalplayer and now you must play that

    cancer away and win !!!

    You must win and go win , I life with you SG guitar Brother , be strong !!!

  9. toni best wishes
    know wuts up
    givr mate

  10. Pat Stone says

    Hope your treatments go easy and are successful! my prayers are with you, your family, friends and band mates. May love, nature and the God(s) of your belief carry you gently through your treatment and sweet healing leave you strong and whole.

  11. sabrecadabro says

    sick and healthy just like life n death , you never know how n when but that iron man strong enough to make a comeback album of original black sab

  12. Glen Anderson says

    I am listening to Sabbath Bloody Sabbath at this moment! Tony you are truly one of a kind. You undoubtedly are the master of metal riffs! Be well Tony Iommi,all the best mate.

  13. I heard a couple of months ago about Tony’s cancer. Well, no words at the moment. Tony, you ARE THE LORD OF RIFFS, THE DEVIL ITSELF OF THE GUITAR, YOU ARE THE IRON MAN, I know you’ll get well. I still remember when I saw you in front of me playing with the band in 2009 here in Chile. Just get well lord of the riffs, you are one of my main influences in my guitar playing. I hope I can meet you sometime. Long Live Tony and long live Sabbath!! Long Live Heavy Metal!!

  14. If I can do it, you can do it Tony! Just remain active. Do NOT sit on your ass and the “pity-pot”. I briefly fell into that “trap”. Then I realized I still had MUCH to do, so off I went, “back in the saddle” and haven’t stopped since. I am 45 years old and have MANY years to go, and VERY MUCH looking forward to hearing your new album. Keep rockin’ Tony. Se you soon!!

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