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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi denies health problems to blame for band’s farewell gig cancellation

By | Published on Monday 13 April 2015

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has denied reports that he is in ill health, after the band cancelled their previously announced ‘farewell show’ at Ozzfest Japan in November.

Iommi was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, telling fans at the beginning of last year that he was nearing the end of his treatment.

In a post on Facebook last week, the guitarist said: “Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind. I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday! Once you’ve had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I’m fine and have regular blood tests”.

Prior to this, it was announced that Black Sabbath’s planned show at Ozzfest Japan was to be replaced by an Ozzy Osbourne solo set.