Early next year, Black Sabbath will end their touring career. February 4th will be their last show in Birmingham, but before then, guitarist Tony Iommi, who is in remission from stage 3 lymphoma, will be having an operation to remove a tumor from his throat. Speaking to The Irish Times, he says he’s feeling ok, but:
I went for a check four weeks ago and the doctor said that at the moment there is no activity where I had the cancer before, but there is activity in the throat. When I get back to England, I have to have an operation to remove this thing at the back of my nose. The doctors found a lump there and we don’t know if it is cancer or what, but I feel OK at the moment.
We haven’t talked about it. This is my view thinking it would be nice. At the moment, I think there is a call for a bit of time off really. I think anything is possible. It is down to how everyone feels and if people want to do it.
It is very sad that we are going to finish touring, but I hope that we will do something else. I’m not going to tour the world again, but it would be nice even if we did the occasional one-off show or an album.