According to Birmingham Mail, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi will take part in an “Audience With…” event about his life next year at Birmingham Town Hall in Birmingham, England. He will be in conversation with TV sports presenter Gary Newbon.
“An Audience With Tony Iommi” will be held on Saturday, March 19. Tickets priced £17.50 (subject to a £3 transaction fee and optional £1 postage) go on sale from 10 a.m. on Friday, December 11.
Iommi said in a recent interview that BLACK SABBATH’s upcoming farewell tour, which will begin in January 2016, is truly its last because he is not physically capable of doing it any longer. Speaking with the Birmingham Mail, Iommi explained, “I can’t actually do this anymore. My body won’t take it much more.”
Iommi, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and was treated all through SABBATH’s extensive 2013 world tour, admitted that he was worried the rigors of the road could bring the disease back. He revealed: “I don’t want that creeping back again, and all the traveling involved in SABBATH tours increasingly takes its toll. That’s why we’re going out on one last tour, to say our farewells. And then it very definitely is the end. We won’t be doing it again.”
The legendary guitarist continued: “Don’t get me wrong, I still love gigging. It’s all the traveling and the exhaustion that goes with it that’s the problem. That side of things has a big impact on me… I love being up there onstage, playing with SABBATH. What I don’t love is all the other stuff necessary to enable that to happen.”
Iommi was also hospitalized recently with back problems, and he still requires blood tests every six weeks to monitor his lymphoma.
The tour kicks off on January 20 in Omaha and will encompass about a year, including breaks.