TONY IOMMI: ‘Once You’ve Had Something Like Lymphoma, The Fear That It Will Return Never Leaves’

April 13, 2015

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has shot down rumors that his health is the reason they’ve canceled their appearance at this year’s edition of Ozzfest Japan.

Tony Iommi Portrait Shoot - 2010

It was announced yesterday (April 12) that Sabbath won’t play at the Japanese festival, scheduled for November 21-22 at a venue outside Tokyo.

No reason was given for their withdrawal, but Iommi took to his Facebook page to refute reports that his continuing battle with cancer was partly to blame.

“Thank you for all the enquiries about my health; [it’s] very kind,” he wrote. ” I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday!”

He continued: “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.”