Not that anyone would wish cancer on anyone, but is anyone really surprised to see Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi working hard on writing new material for a new Sabbath album, all the while, undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma?
Just as one would expect from a professional rock god/rock and roll enthusiast, Iommi can be found in the studio, recording new material. Iommi has taken the stance to remain busy and productive, while others with the same illness might decide to retreat, instead. It appears that, with a little cooperation from his band mates, he was able to accomplish just that.
Iommi told Kerrang! (quotes via Blabbermouth), “It was good for me to do that. I did feel tired and sick — and it does make you sick, you start throwing up. But on the days when I felt I could do it, we were all there working.” Bassist Geezer Butler also commented, saying, “[Tony] was going to the hospital one day, and we’d go into the studio the next depending on how the chemo was affecting him.”
So far, the band has reported that 15 songs have been written and the reunion, sans Bill lWard, carries on.