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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi To Receive Honorary Degree from UK University

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

"Riff Lord" and "Godfather of Metal" are two nicknames that have been ascribed to guitar legend Tony Iommi, but now he has a more professional one: Doctor. That's right, the Black Sabbath founder and mainstay will have the prestigious honorary doctorate bestowed upon him by Coventry University in England.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Sends Best Wishes to Bill Ward After Drummer’s Recent Surgery

Bill Ward and Tony Iommi
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Although original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward may be estranged from the pioneering heavy metal band, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi definitely still cares about his former bandmate. Yesterday, we reported that Ward had successfully undergone surgery for diverticulitis. In response to the news, Iommi wished Ward the best via the guitarist's official website.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receives Cancer Treatment After North American Tour

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Black Sabbath just finished up their massively anticipated North American tour on Sept. 3 with a performance at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. The string of dates kept Sabbath on the road for about a month-and-a-half, which guitarist Tony Iommi recently described as longer than he would have liked, but still amazing. In fact, Iommi shared that he has already been back to the hospital for another chemotherapy infusion.

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Tony Iommi on Challenges of Touring With Black Sabbath While Undergoing Cancer Treatment

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

This year marked the triumphant return of Black Sabbath and their disc ’13.’ Many Sabbath fans probably thought the day would never come when the band would not only release a disc of new material but also tour in support of it, and with good reason.

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Tony Iommi on Touring with Black Sabbath Again: ‘I Think It’s Better Than it Was 40 Years Ago’

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

When the original lineup of Black Sabbath reunited, no one was quite sure how long it would last. But now with their new disc ‘13’ under their belts and a world tour underway, it seems like the return of Black Sabbath could have some staying power, providing everyone remains healthy.

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Tony Iommi vs. Synyster Gates – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Tony Iommi / Synyster Gates
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Black Sabbath guitarist and master of the riff Tony Iommi ran away with his victory against Morbid Angel's Trey Azagthoth in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist competition. Iommi has continued his legacy as a metal god with Sabbath's newest album, '13,' proving that despite

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Tony Iommi vs. Trey Azagthoth – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Morbid Angel Official Site
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Morbid Angel Official Site

Riff lord Tony Iommi has been churning out unforgettable music for over four decades now. You can argue that if it weren't for this Black Sabbath legend, heavy metal music as we know it may not have ever e

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi: I Will Be Fighting Lymphoma for the Rest of My Life

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images

Although Tony Iommi's health has been improving since his early 2012 cancer diagnosis, some unfortunate news has been made public by the iconic Black Sabbath guitarist. Having thought his lymphoma was gone, Iommi was recently informed by his doctor that he most probably never be completely cancer-free.

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Tony Iommi Explains Why Black Sabbath Ended Negotiations With Bill Ward

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Black Sabbath are getting ready for their new '13' album, a disc that is noticeably missing original drummer Bill Ward. The drummer held out of the band's reunion, citing a contract dispute, and while there was hope that something could be worked out, ultimately guitarist Tony Iommi says the band had to move on.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Discusses Lymphoma Battle + Drive to Record New Music

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

While bands may have a few bumps while making new records, it's nothing like what Black Sabbath dealt with while putting together the '13' album. Just as the metal legends were getting back together to work on new music, it was revealed that guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with cancerous lymphoma and needed to undergo treatment.

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