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Tony Iommi Gets an All Clear After New Health Scare

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Tony Iommi reports that a lump discovered in his throat last November has been removed and is not cancerous.

The Black Sabbath guitarist was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and underwent successful treatment. In August 2016, he announced his cancer is in remission.

In November 2016, doctors discovered the lump in his throat. He underwent surgery in December following Black Sabbath’s return from touring in South Africa.

“They found a lump at the back of my sinus, in the throat, and we had to have it checked in case in the event it may have been cancerous,” he tells Planet Rock. “But it turns out it wasn’t, which I found out Christmas Day, which is brilliant. So far [I’m all good]. I daren’t say that. I’ll probably fall down the stairs now. [laughs]”

Last week, Iommi premiered a new sacred composition, titled “How Good It Is,” which is inspired by Psalm 133. You can read more about it here.

You can hear him talk about the piece and give his health report in the audio stream below.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.