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Black Sabbath rebooks summer tour without Iommi
Although there was some hope that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi's lymphoma diagnosis would not disrupt the band's long-awaited reunion tour, according to their Facebook page, it has inevitably occurred:
"At this time, BLACK SABBATH will perform only one show of this summer's previously scheduled European tour. It will take place Sunday, June 10 at the U.K.'s Download Festival."
That's not to say members of the band won't be doing shows-- they will simply not be with Iommi:
"So as not to let the promoters and fans down, Ozzy Osbourne will now perform the majority of the previously scheduled BLACK SABBATH dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as OZZY & FRIENDS. These 'first ever' OZZY & FRIENDS shows will feature appearances by 'special guest' musicians including Official Geezer Butler (who will join Ozzy for a special BLACK SABBATH set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former OZZY band member Zakk Wylde. In addition, OZZY will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other 'special guests' set to join the tour at various stops along the way."
Meanwhile, they are reporting that the legendary guitarist is doing well, posting that Iommi "continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road."
Iommi turns 64 years old this month.