Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi stands in glass box for cancer awareness campaign

Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has taken part in a cancer awareness campaign.

Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in early 2012, undergoing successful treatment for the illness in January 2013.

The musician returned to his home city of Birmingham on Wednesday (August 26) to take part in MacMillan Cancer Support’s Not Alone campaign at the Bullring Shopping Centre.

As BBC Birmingham report, Iommi stood in a glass box with a two-way mirror to “highlight the loneliness felt by people diagnosed with cancer”. Onlookers could see into the box but Iommi could not see out, instead hearing audio of personal stories from cancer sufferers.

Speaking of his own cancer diagnosis, Iommi said, “I was in a bubble for a while – just like the isolation box.”

“When I was diagnosed, I was absolutely devastated. They’re talking to me, saying, ‘You’ve got stage three,’ and it’s going in my head and I just felt somewhere else. And it was only later when I really broke down. I thought, ‘That’s it, it’s the end.’ And you really think that. But it’s not. There are people who can help.”

In April, Iommi responded to rumours that he was suffering from a cancer relapse. Fans began to speculate on Iommi’s health again after Black Sabbath recently pulled out of their own ‘farewell’ show. However, Iommi denied that this had any relation to his well being.

The guitarist wrote on Facebook, “Thank you for all the enquiries about my health, very kind. I’m not sure how the rumour of my being unwell started as I was away on holiday!”

He added, “Once you’ve had something like lymphoma the fear that it will return never leaves, all I can say is that right now I’m fine and have regular blood tests.”