BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi Undergoing Stem Cell Treatment To Fix Injured Hand

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BLACK SABBATH guitar legend Tony Iommi spoke with The Radcliffe & Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 this week about his recent hand injury. “We’re just taking a break now,” Iommi says about the brief HEAVEN AND HELL hiatus – the band also featuring singer Ronnie James Dio, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinnie Appice.

“I’ve had this problem with my hand and I’m having stem cell treatment on it,” Iommi continues. “I have to wear a guard on my hand to prevent me from banging it. But it’s coming along good. The cartilage went out on the joints, so the joints were rubbing on the joints. It was bone on bone and it was getting a bit painful. I’ve had pain for about 18 months and have been taking anti-inflammatories and pain killers. But I wanted to stop doing it because it upsets your stomach. This is the latest thing, so we’ll see if it works.”

Iommi also chats about the band’s vital OZZY OSBOURNE-era catalog reissues that are currently out in the UK. Iommi says that “everything will come out” as a deluxe edition at some point in time.

Regarding the 30th Anniversary of the Heaven & Hell album in 2010, Iommi promises more shows next year.


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5 thoughts on “BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi Undergoing Stem Cell Treatment To Fix Injured Hand”

  1. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has said he is making a good recovery after receiving stem-cell treatment on an injured hand.

    “It’s coming on alright actually,” the acclaimed guitarist told the BBC at the Classic Rock Awards on Monday.

    “I’ve already had the stem-cell treatment, so I’ve just got to wait now. It’s been six weeks but it’s feeling great.”

    Iommi had been in pain after problems with his right hand joints.

    He told the BBC Radio 2 Radcliffe and Maconie Show in October that the cartilage had worn out between the joints.

    “It was bone to bone and it was getting a bit painful,” he said.

    Iommi had his hand strapped up at the rock awards, but said he was still able to pick up his guitar.

    “No, I can play! ” he said. “I’m just wearing this now because if people shake your hand I don’t want to push it, I want to take it easy for a bit.

    “But it’s been really good, and I’m glad I went that route before having any kind of operation.”

    Stem cells are very immature cells that can be used to change into different types of tissue like bone.

    Iommi already has two missing fingertips on his right hand after an accident aged 17 at a sheet metal factory.


  2. According to, Foundry Literary + Media co-founder Peter McGuigan completed a six-figure North American rights deal, at auction, with Ben Schafer of Da Capo for BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi’s “Iron Man”, a memoir due out later this year. McGuigan, who described Iommi as one of the forebears of heavy metal, called the book a genre-bending rockology/life story that is “‘Angela’s Ashes’ meets ‘The Ground Beneath Her Feet’ meets ‘Spinal Tap’.”

    Iommi is currently recovering after receiving stem-cell treatment on an injured hand. He told the BBC Radio 2 “Radcliffe and Maconie Show” in October that the cartilage had worn out between the joints. “It was bone to bone and it was getting a bit painful,” he said.

    Next Films — the newly formed film-production company launched by top reality TV producer Mike Fleiss — last year signed a deal with Iommi for “Black Sabbath”, a horror movie franchise. The films won’t be about the group but will use the title as a jumping-off point. Iommi also will score the movies.

    Ozzy Osbourne filed a lawsuit against Iommi in May 2009, claiming that the guitarist illegally took sole ownership of BLACK SABBATH’s name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Osbourne is suing Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the “Black Sabbath” trademark, along with a portion of Iommi’s profits from use of the name.

    The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne’s “signature lead vocals” are largely responsible for the band’s “extraordinary success,” noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.

    Ozzy’s suit follows one filed by Iommi in December 2008 against Live Nation. In that filing, Iommi claims the concert giant sold merchandise bearing the band’s logo, despite the 2006 expiration of a merchandising deal, reportedly worth nearly $80 million. Soon after that agreement concluded, Iommi reclaimed the band’s trademark.

    Iommi’s suit argues Live Nation continued to sell more than 100 items of merchandise featuring the band’s likeness, name and logo, despite the receipt of cease-and-desist orders from the guitarist’s camp. Iommi’s suit seeks damages in the amount of three times the profits from the merchandise sales, plus a halt to the BLACK SABBATH product sales.


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