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This Week In Metal (6/4/15 - 12/4/15)

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Three bands seem to have hogged all the drama this week, chief amongst them being heavy metal's founding fathers. Black Sabbath have cancelled plans for a farewell concert at the Ozzfest in Japan this November, announced last month by Sharon Osbourne. A Facebook update on Thursday declared “Despite previous reports, Black Sabbath will not appear on this year’s Ozzfest Japan. The show will instead feature the festival’s namesake, Ozzy Osbourne (and friends). The assumption seemed to be that the show had been called off due to of a recurrence of Tony Iommi's lymphoma, and fearful rumours were soon flying around about the guitar hero's health. But the Iron Man himself took to Facebook to set minds at rest: “Thank you for all the enquiries about my health. Very kind. I’m not sure how the rumour started as I was away on holiday," he wrote, adding “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 I have regular blood tests.” The real reason for the cancellation seems to be that the plans hadn't been properly finalised before Sharon's hasty announcement; an unnamed band spokesperson admitted to Rolling Stone “Although there have been discussions about a farewell tour, nothing has been confirmed.”

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