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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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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Loses Tips of Fingers – Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is a godfather of heavy metal, but his career was almost cut short. As a 17-year-old, Iommi was involved in an industrial accident that resulted in the loss off the tips of middle and ring fingers on his right hand.

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Rachael Becker on Creating Guitar Straps for Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi + Geezer Butler

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Rachael Becker, strap maker and owner of Heavy Leather NYC, is the craftswoman behind the straps that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler are sporting on the road this year.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Thankful for Ozzy Osbourne’s Support During Lymphoma Treatment

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has a lot to be thankful for as he continues his recovery from lymphoma cancer and he says the support of his bandmates, in particular Ozzy Osbourne, has been so welcome.

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Tony Iommi + Brian May Contemplate Releasing Guitar Pieces to Fans for Recordings

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Queen's Brian May are no strangers to collaboration, but their next project could potentially find them musically teaming with fans. According to the Birmingham Mail, the veteran rockers are discussing the idea of taking recorded pieces of Iommi's music and then turning it over to fans for their own recordings.

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Ozzy Osbourne Offers Update on Black Sabbath Bandmate Tony Iommi’s Health

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Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are getting ready for their return to the road in New Zealand and Australia this spring, followed by an expected North American trek in the summer. The band is making their first extended tour run since guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy last year, and Osbourne says his Sabbath bandmate is doing quite well.

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Video for Tony Iommi’s 2013 Eurovision Contribution ‘Lonely Planet’ Debuts

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Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest honors of its kind, with the European Broadcasting Community countries annually battling it out to determine which country has composed the most popular song. This year Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi decided to back Armenia by lending his skills to writing and producing a song.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Has Song Selected for Eurovision Contest

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Eurovision is a long-running song contest dating back to the 1950s in which each participating country selects a song for the annual competition. This year's entry from Armenia just so happens to be co-written by Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi + Queen’s Brian May Plan to Collaborate on Guitar Riffs Album

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Two masters of the guitar are apparently making plans to create a "riffs" album. Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Queen's Brian May are expected to begin this riffs record soon, which will allow fans to build their own songs using the recordings.

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