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According to The Pulse Of Radio, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has posted an update at his official web site in which he recaps the band’s just-finished North American tour, while also revealing that he headed right back into the hospital for more cancer treatments as soon as the trek was completed. Iommi wrote, “Well, we’ve finished the U.S. leg of our world tour. It was a bit longer than I would have liked as I’ve already been in hospital having another infusion. The tour was amazing though, you always hope it’s going to go well but you never know, it’s great to look out and see so many people of all ages.”

SABBATH has been touring in support of “13”, the band’s first album in 35 years to feature Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne playing together. Iommi wrote, “The new songs have been going down well, we’ve played them enough now so we’re comfortable and that helps the performance.”

Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as “a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body’s disease-fighting network.”

He described his “infusion” treatments to the Birmingham Mail earlier this year, explaining, “I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world.”

He added, “The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It’s the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I’d love to play more shows . . . but my health has to be sorted out first.”

The legendary guitarist said that his treatment is a relatively new process and doctors are not sure what all the side effects might be. He also said that it “takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that’s what it takes, I have to accept it.”

BLACK SABBATH will next head to South America, beginning on October 4, to be followed by European and U.K. treks.

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Nathan Carson of Willamette Week recently spoke to BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi about the making of the band’s new album, “13” — the first in 35 years to feature Tony, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler.

Asked about how SABBATH decided to recruit RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE‘s Brad Wilk to play on “13” following the decision by original SABBATH drummer Bill Ward to bow out of the band’s reunion, Iommi said: “[Producer] Rick [Rubin] suggested Ginger Baker, which we put a stop on. We didn’t think Ginger Baker would have been… We didn’t want to go in the studio and have, um, problems. And we did try some big-name drummers, some very big-name drummers. And they were great. But Rick particularly suggested Brad Wilk. And it was great because Brad had no idea what we were gonna be doing. We wouldn’t let him hear the tracks with drums. We just wanted to see what he was gonna put to it. And Brad was a really nice guy. He did work hard, you know, because he was thrown in the deep end so much, and he was very nervous. And then he got used to us. He got used to our jokes, the way we prank around.”

Iommi also spoke about his health status more than a year a half after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Ronnie [James Dio, who fronted the BLACK SABBATH offshoot band HEAVEN & HELL on its 2009 tour and died in 2010] was getting stomach pains, and he was telling me before we were going onstage some nights, ‘Oh, my stomach’s really playing up,’ and he’d ask me if I’ve got any Tums or anything. And I said, ‘You should get it checked, you know, Ronnie.’ Of course, he did, but it was too late. And that’s the problem. It’s easy to overlook these things. I mean, I’m probably more over the top than I ever have been now. I check everything every day. You just don’t know. A lump pops up and you’ve gotta get it sorted.”

Regarding whether there is a chance BLACK SABBATH will follow up “13” with another studio album, Iommi said: “It all depends on my health, really. But I don’t think it would be hard to do another album, because we work so well together once we start cracking. And I’ve got plenty of ideas and stuff. But we’ll have to see what happens at the end of the year, after tour. I mean, for me, this is a whole new venture, because it’s the first time I’ve been out on tour since I’ve been ill for the last two years. And I have to treat things very differently to how I did five years ago. I’ve always put the band first, but now, of course, I have to put my health first.”

Read more at Willamette Week.

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Corbin Reiff of the Seattle Weekly recently conducted an interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Seattle Weekly: [BLACK SABBATH singer] Ozzy [Osbourne] has said that a lot of the songs on the [“13”] album were arranged in a manner that would be conducive to playing live. Do you agree with him in that regard?

Iommi: Yes, absolutely. When we spoke with [producer] Rick Rubin, we talked about Ozzy singing more in his range and trying to sing more in a lower register like on the early albums. Like on “Black Sabbath”, Ozzy sang more in his range in a lower tone and that’s what we wanted to get back to with this album so that we could do them live onstage.

Seattle Weekly: In your opinion, how are the new songs stacking up against some of your older classic material and how does it feel to bring something new into the set?

Iommi: They are fitting in really well with the old material and it is really great to be able to do these songs. We’ve got a big catalog of the old stuff and we’ve sort of gotten locked into doing so many of them and certain ones Ozzy couldn’t do because they were so high — “Hole in the Sky” and things like that. We’re also throwing some older ones in there that we haven’t played since 1970, so it’s been quite good.

Seattle Weekly: Last year you were diagnosed with lymphoma, which has been successfully treated. How are you holding up health-wise currently and what sorts of accommodations are being made with your health in mind?

Iommi: It’s early days, but I’m all right at the moment. Our first couple of shows I got really tired when we were through. Of course, we’ve also been playing out in the open air, and with the heat, I’ve been drenched, so it’s been a bit of a jump in the deep end for me. But yeah, I’m holding up all right, I hope. We have had to work the tour around my treatments because I can’t go out indefinitely now. I have to do two months or seven weeks and then go back to England for treatment. That knocks me about for ten days or so, then I start feeling better, then it’s on to the next leg.

Read the entire interview at Seattle Weekly.

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Jim Harrington of the San Jose Mercury News recently conducted an interview with the legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On BLACK SABBATH‘s comeback album, “13”, reaching No. 1 album on the U.S. chart earlier this year:

Iommi: “We are very pleased. It’s just quite a shock to have our first No. 1 record (in the U.S.) after being around for 45 years.”

On why BLACK SABBATH‘s 2001 attempt at a new studio album was unsuccessful:

Iommi: “It just wasn’t right. Nobody was on the right page. So, we abandoned the whole idea. But I always thought — or, at least, really hoped — we would do another album.”

On the Ronnie James Dio-fronted version of BLACK SABBATH recording and touring under the name HEAVEN & HELL:

Iommi: “I didn’t want to live on the BLACK SABBATH name with that lineup, because it stood for itself. And, of course, we went out as HEAVEN & HELL because we weren’t playing any of the Ozzy [Osbourne] stuff. All the stuff we were doing was with Ronnie.”

Ronnie was a superb singer — one of the best. It’s a sad ending. But Ronnie did give it his all, right to the end.”

On drummer Bill Ward‘s absence from the “13” recording sessions:

Iommi: “It would’ve been nice to have had Bill involved. But we waited long enough for Bill, and what can we do? We can’t make him do it. It was his decision. It was sad.”

On how “13” stacks up to BLACK SABBATH‘s classic albums:

Iommi: “We haven’t done this album just to do one, because we didn’t need to do one. We wanted to do one for ourselves. I think it holds up. We love all the stuff we’ve done (on the album). That’s the only way we could do it. Everybody had to be 100 percent into it and really want to do this album. Everybody had to be on the same page.”

On touring despite being diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012:

Iommi: “To be honest, I was wondering whether I could do (the tour) as well. I have to treat life very differently now. This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far, it’s been OK. The medical thing is still going on. It’ll be ongoing, really, for life. It’s not going to go away. I just have to try to treat it. So I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment. Then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again. Then we go back out on the road.”

“My whole life has changed. My attitude has changed toward everything. Life becomes a lot more precious. I appreciate when we’ve got the opportunity to get together and be onstage and play and do what I like to do.

“I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody, because it’s brought the reality of you really don’t know how long this is going to last. It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we’ve got and what we get to do.”

Read more from San Jose Mercury News.

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TeamRock Radio recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell. The chat can be heard using the SoundCloud widget below.

Campbell, who is currently being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has just completed a short tour with LAST IN LINE, the band featuring Vivian alongside fellow founding DIO members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, plus singer Andrew Freeman. The guitarist has been receiving chemotherapy for four months, with two months of treatment remaining.

“I feel fortunate that my cancer sent me an alarm call in the form of ‘the cough that wouldn’t quit,'” Campbell said in a statement this past June.

DEF LEPPARD last month completed a short tour that started June 21 at the Hellfest festival in France and ended July 17 in Canandaigua, New York.

DEF LEPPARD‘s recent Las Vegas extravaganza will hit the silver screen for two nights in October. NCM Fathom Events together with AEG Live and Network Live are bringing DEF LEPPARD “Viva! Hysteria” concert to over 250 theaters across the country with a full front-to-back performance of 1987’s multi-platinum “Hysteria” album — along with a healthy dose of the band’s greatest hits. Tickets for the screenings are available at participating theater box offices and online at

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DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell, who revealed earlier in the month that he is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, debuted his new look when DEF LEPPARD kicked off its short run of summer festival dates this past Friday, June 21 at Hellfest in Clisson, France.

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DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell, who revealed earlier in the month that he is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, was interviewed on this past Friday’s (June 14) edition of Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM.

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DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell, who revealed earlier in the week via his Facebook page that he is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, has thanked his fans for their support and has vowed to play all of the two bands’ previously announced tour dates.

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The axeman reveals his Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis.

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Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed that he has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, but remains in high spirits.

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