Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Thankful and ‘Looking Forward to Next Year’
The end of the year offers the perfect time to reflect on where you're at in life, and you'd have to think that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has a brighter outlook on things now than he did earlier in 2012. The guitarist confirms as much in a newly posted year-end update.
Things appeared to be on the upswing for Iommi in 2011 as Black Sabbath had reunited and the band was preparing to work on their first new album in years, but then Iommi learned early this year that he had lymphoma that needed to be treated in order for his survival. Suddenly his focus for 2012 had changed, but thankfully his initial plans for the year still appear to be in reach as his post-chemotherapy recovery has gone well.
In his year-end posting, Iommi states:
What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I'm still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I'm looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we're able. My best wishes to you all, I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, most of all, stay positive.
The guitarist did come through his treatment, worked closely with his bandmates on completing a new record which is now due in April and managed to make a handful of high profile shows in England and the U.S. despite the setback. As for what lies ahead in 2013, Iommi will get in his first extended touring since the reunion was announced.
After his lymphoma battle, the guitarist also decided to go back and update his autobiography. The newly reissued paperback version of 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell With Black Sabbath,' includes a chapter on his treatment and recovery. In addition, he's also recorded an audio book with one of his former bandmates providing the voice.
He explained, "I had a go myself but wasn't comfortable when I listened back. Normally you just get an actor to voice it but I didn't want someone who didn't know me or the music business so I asked my old mate Bev Bevan (former Black Sabbath / MOVE / ELO drummer) as he already has a radio show and lived some of the chapters with me! I'm really pleased how it's turned out."