Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi diagnosed with early stage cancer


This morning, Black Sabbath made the following announcement on the band’s Facebook fanpage.

“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.”

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in immune system cells; there are many forms of lymphoma. However, even most of the aggressive lymphomas respond well to treatment and are curable.

The HOH will keep you updated on Tony’s condition. In the meantime the staff of HOH is sending all our positive headbanger vibes out to Tony, and wish him a speedy recovery!


  1. paul says

    Toney I’ve always admired your playing,I always wanted
    To see you play many people told me you were the best right hand guitar player, I’m only hurt that ozzy never got back with the band, I will keep you in my prayers and hope the DR will cure you, it wood be nice if you and ozzy. Could do one more record together, take care and God bless keep on rocking

  2. Daisy Thomas says

    My prayers are with Tony…and all of those in Black Sabbath. Rock on, Iommi! You are so loved!