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Tony Iommi To Have Surgery To Remove Lump From His Throat

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi isn't out of the health woods yet.

After battling lymphoma during the past four years -- which is in remission -- Iommi will have preventative surgery to remove a lump from his throat.

Iommi tells the Irish Times that "at the moment there's no activity where I had the cancer before -- but there is activity in my 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 and we don't know if it's cancer or what. But I feel OK at the moment."

Iommi plans to be back on his feet, and on stage, for the final leg of Sabbath's The End farewell tour, a nine-date European run that commences January 17 in Cologne, Germany, and wraps with a pair of shows February 2 and 4 in the groups' home town of Birmingham, England.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.