Back in May of 2011 the legendary forces of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan combined in both a musical endeavor and a humanitarian effort releasing two songs under the moniker WhoCares. The intent was to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia – a cause near and dear to both musicians.
Looks like Bert Weedon, who died last week at the age of 91, had a far-reaching impact on classic rock indeed. His 1957 book, 'Play in a Day,' influenced musicians like the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Brian May -- and now you can add Black Sabbath members Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi to that list as well.
Ozzy Osbourne's 'Ozzy's Boneyard' radio channel has officially launched on SiriusXM. In an interview on the station, the Prince of Darkness wasted no time addressing his Black Sabbath partner Tony Iommi's current cancer battle, joking that he told the guitarist "if he dies, I'm gonna kill him."
As the reunited Sabbath moves forward with a new album and tour, Iommi will be armed with two new replicas of the trusty guitar made specifically for him by a craftsman in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England.
Black Sabbath will indeed go ahead and with their scheduled headlining set at this summer's Download Festival in England, despite the recent announcement that Tony Iommi is battling lymphoma. The guitarist revealed just two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with early stages of the cancer and is in the process of working with doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has issued a thankful and optimistic statement regarding his recent lymphoma diagnosis via his official website. Earlier this week the guitar legend revealed the news through a band-issued press release, prompting an outpouring of support and concern from fans and peers alike.