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Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma. The 63-year-old Black Sabbath founder and guitarist is working with his doctors to establish the best treatment, and his spokeswoman says he "remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery." Despite the setback, sessions for Sabbath's first studio album by the original lineup in 33 years, will continue, but in England to accommodate Iommi's treatment. There's no word on how this will affect Sabbath's tour, which is set to start in May in Moscow.

Iommi is the second member of Sabbath stricken with cancer. Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in 1979 and then came back into the fold in 2006, died in 2010 from stomach cancer.

Godsmack singer Sully Erna is off his feet for a while after having his knee operated on last week. The band's site says, "Sully is at home resting after having surgery on his left knee from a sports injury he sustained a while back. He said he is already bored and ready to get back to work!”

John Fogerty spent Friday & Saturday in the studio recording with Dave Grohl.  Or as they call it, “Flannel Friday”.  Here’s vid of John talking about how CCR’s original name was ‘The Golliwogs’. (You can see the sarcastic painting of Dave in a smoking jacket behind him, which means they’re at Foo’s ‘Studio 606’.  Furthermore, I see Dave bought a new pair of Vans.  Hot.)

Rise Against have revealed the second leg of their North American tour.  If you're lookin' for a road trip....

4/19 /12      Kent, WA at ShoWare Center
4/20/12       Boise, IDat  CenturyLink Arena
4/21/12       Salt Lake City, UT at Saltair

In a Rock Report back in October, we reported Metallica were planning a 3D feature film, and now they've finally acknowledged that it's in the works. says, "We wish we could tell you more right now, but we don't have all the finer points nailed down just yet. What we can tell you is that we are planning on being in a theatre near you sometime in 2013."

There's no director or script in place yet.