The guitarist revealed he had been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma earlier this week as the newly reunited band worked on a brand new studio album and prepared for summer European tour.
Now “multiple industry sources” have told Billboard.com that the band were set to be announced as one of the headliners at the US festival before the Iommi’s ill health was revealed. It’s currently unclear which of the other headliners – Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr Dre or Snoop Dogg – was added as a replacement.
Commenting on the cancer diagnosis earlier this week via Black Sabbath‘s Facebook page, Facebook.com/BlackSabbath, the band said: “With the news that Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan. The Iron Man of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.”
The band have not said if Iommi’s condition affects their planned world tour as yet. The band are scheduled to tour Europe in the summer, with a headline slot at Download Festival among the dates.