Black Sabbath - Tony Iommi Battled Nerves Before Black Sabbath Gig
Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi was wracked with nerves before the band's comeback gig in the U.K. on Saturday night (19May12) amid fears he would not make it through the long set.
The guitarist announced in January (12) that he is battling cancer and the band was forced to change a number of dates to feature 'Ozzy & Friends' instead of Black Sabbath to give him time to recover.
The rockers made their comeback in their hometown of Birmingham, England on Saturday with a small show at the city's O2 Arena ahead of big gigs at Britain's Download Festival in June (12) and at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois in August (12).
Drummer Tommy Clufetos stepped in to replace Bill Ward, who recently decided to sit out the reunion shows, and Iommi returned to the stage for his first full show since his cancer diagnosis.
The musician admits he was worried he wouldn't make it through the set, but was pleased the performance went well.
In a post on the band's Facebook page, he writes, "I was extremely nervous beforehand about playing a long set, not knowing whether I'd be able to last. It turned out to be no problem whatsoever because Ozzy (Osbourne), Geezer (Butler) and Tommy (Clufetos) were nailing everything; no chance to feel tired!
"I'm really pleased with how it turned out, fantastic crowd and I want to say thank you to all of them for giving me such an amazing reception. On our way again at last! Finally, a special thanks to Tommy; we invited him to play and he was brilliant."