Legendary BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has posted the following message on his official web site:"Many thanks to everyone that came to see us on our tour to South and Latin America. Quite an experience with huge crowds, I'm told 74,000 in Sao Paulo and 60,000 in Mexico City. Also, thanks to MEGADETH, great band and really good people to work with. Hope they enjoyed it as well. "Two grumbles — no thanks to whoever was coughing and sneezing on the overnight Air France flight down and gave me a dreadful cold virus, or whoever stole my trainers from the back of the stage in Buenos Aires! Otherwise, all pretty good. Colder at night than I was expecting but an amazing reception from all the fans. "It's going to be strange playing indoors again, but outdoors in Helsinki in November, I don't think so! "Looking forward to being in Europe. I had to miss out when I was taken ill in 2012, so it'll be great to get another chance to play there." Iommi revealed last month that he headed right back into the hospital for more cancer treatments as soon as BLACK SABBATH's North American tour was completed.
SABBATH has been touring in support of "13", the band's first album in 35 years to feature Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne playing together. Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as "a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network." He described his "infusion" treatments to the Birmingham Mail earlier this year, explaining, "I have to have an antibody administered by drip every six weeks or so to keep the lymphoma in check. It sort of coats the cancer cells, stops it from going anywhere else. I have to come back home no matter where I might be in the world." He added, "The tour dates are arranged so that I can always get back for treatment. It's the only way I can manage my illness and keep on the road. I'd love to play more shows . . . but my health has to be sorted out first." The legendary guitarist said that his treatment is a relatively new process and doctors are not sure what all the side effects might be. He also said that it "takes around 10 days to fully recover from each round of treatment, but if that's what it takes, I have to accept it."