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It was a Merry Christmas indeed for Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who received word from his doctors that the lump they found in his throat last last year was not cancerous. Iommi broke the news to fans early yesterday morning, revealing in an interview with Planet Rock that the operation to remove the lump in December was, in fact, successful and that despite initial fears the lump removed from Iommi’s throat was harmless.
The news came in Christmas morning and Iommi, 68 and preparing to wrap up Black Sabbath’s nearly 50 year legacy early next month, understandably embraced the good news as the best Christmas present in the world.
“I had the treatment when I got back from [touring] South America,” Iommi said.
“I went in for the throat [operation]. They found a lump at the back of my sinus, in the throat, and we had to have it checked in case it may have been cancerous. But it turns out it wasn’t, which I found out on Christmas Day, which is brilliant.
So far [I’m all good]. I daren’t say that – I’ll probably fall down the stairs now!”
Iommi previously battled stage 3 lymphoma in 2011 and after a fierce battle, emerged victorious in 2016 and proudly announced that his cancer was in remission. As 2017 gets off to a great start, we’re grateful beyond believe that Tony is alright and ready to rock once more. Now, if we could only keep him away from stairs…