MUSIC NEWS- Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath are cutting back on plans for a reunion tour, as guitarist Tony Iommi continues his treatment for lymphoma, the band announced on their website. Back in November, the original four members revealed plans to record their first new album in 33 years and embark on 2012 world tour.
But with Iommi diagnosed with cancer in January, the group moved from Los Angeles to Britain in order to continue recording while he underwent treatment. And, recently, drummer Bill Ward has said he would not participate in the reunion recordings and tour unless he was offered a "signable" contract.
As a result, Black Sabbath will now only perform one of their planned European dates at Britain's Download Festival on June 10. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne will perform the remaining scheduled dates as "Ozzy & Friends," featuring himself, original Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and Zakk Wylde with guitarist Slash joining the lineup at select shows.
"Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road," a statement on the band's website said. "Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continue to write and record music in the UK for their upcoming album." No further news on Ward's involvement has been revealed.