Sabbath icon admits lymphoma is worst Christmas present ever – but he’s not going to stop working on new album

Tony Iommi

Not stopping: Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi says he can’t wait to start his fightback against cancer.

And even though lymphoma is the worst Christmas present he’s ever had, he’s glad to keep working on the Black Sabbath reunion album.

The band confirmed on Monday the guitarist was suffering from the disease which affects the immune system. It’s thought he was diagnosed early and although he’ll have to endure extreme treatment, his chances of recovery are good.

Iommi says: “I just wanted to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support. Thank you so much.

“It’s not what I wanted for Christmas – that’s for sure – but now I can’t wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.

“It’s really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album, as things are going great in the studio.”

Fan website Black Sabbath Online has set up an email address where well-wishers can send messages of support, which will then be forwarded to Iommi’s office: getwelltony@black-sabbath.com.

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