BLACK SABBATH Bassist: IOMMI Has Written Two New Songs Since Being Diagnosed With Cancer

BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler has issued an update on the recording sessions for original SABBATH lineup’s first album together in 33 years.

SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, it was revealed earlier this month. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphocytes, a type of cell that forms part of the immune system. According to a statement issued by his publicist, the 63-year-old metal legend is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan and remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.

In a brand new post on his official web site, Butler writes, “Today [January 19th] we got the engines back up and running at Tony‘s home studio. Far from being down and depressed about his lymphoma diagnosis, Tony had already written the music for two new songs, and I must say it has given us all a kick up the rump — it’s great to hear him churning out those riffs again, assuaging the Demon C. Takes more than that to stop Tony. Can’t wait for you all to hear our workings; it has been great working on this stuff.

He adds, “I want to thank the lovely encouraging emails sent to this site giving Tony love and encouragement and great vibes. It really does help, not only Tony, but us as a band — it raises up our spirits and restores our faith in this tarnished world.

SABB fans are good people. Time and again, you have proven your faith in us and boosted our endeavour.

“Thanks, love, peace.”

SABBATH‘s new album, which is being produced by Rick Rubin, is set for release this fall. SABBATH is scheduled to embark on a world tour this summer, although Iommi‘s illness could affect those plans.

Iommi‘s bandmate in SABBATH and HEAVEN HELL, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, died of stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67.