08:35 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 01/10/2012 09:35AM
It was just two months ago that Black Sabbath announced plans to produce another studio album – their first in 33 years.
But in the midst of recording sessions in Los Angeles, the heavy metal foursome had some serious news for fans this week: Guitar legend Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with lymphoma.
The Iron Man is in the "early stages" of the disease, a cancer of the lymphocytes (white blood cells in the immune system), according to a statement on his website, and the band will continue working on the album (still set to be released in the fall) in England to accommodate Iommi.
Originally posted 05/18/2004 02:00PM
While the bloom may be off his once-rosy MTV series, Ozzy Osbourne does have something to crow about: He's getting back together with his pioneering British heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.
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