Guitarist Tony Iommi is starting off 2014 with some positive news.
The rocker, who has been battling lymphoma since 2012, recently issued a statement recapping the past year, and touched upon his successes with his Black Sabbath bandmates and his continuing cancer treatment.
“Best Wishes for the New Year, after such a brilliant 2013, it's going to be difficult to match it this year but we’ll be having a go,” Iommi wrote on his official website. “I’d like the thank everyone who helped make the last year such a success, Ozzy [Osbourne] and Geezer [Butler], the band’s management, Rick [Rubin], Mike E and those who helped make the recording so good, the unseen work by our record label, the promotions team, my websites (Tracy, Joe & Bryce) and all of our touring crew, especially Mick and Kat who work with me personally.”
Regarding his health, Iommi stated, “I should also be finishing my regular treatment and I’m hoping to not get so tired, all positive.”
Throughout the writing and recording of Black Sabbath’s latest studio effort, 13, and the band’s extensive 2013 tour dates, Iommi has continued to receive cancer treatments, all while maintaining a truly impressive attitude.
And it seems as though the Iommi and the band are not planning on slowing down in 2014, as the guitarist reveals that the year already holds the Grammys (Sabbath is nominated for three awards), and tours in the US, Canada and Europe.
Read Tony Iommi’s complete message at his official website, and head to BlackSabbath.com for concert listings and other info!