Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi -- who was diagnosed with cancer nearly a year ago -- posted a year-end message on his official website this week, writing, "What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support; it was very encouraging. I'm still working on the (new Sabbath studio) album and managed to play three shows. Not bad given the news a year ago."

The metal guitar legend added, "I'm looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we're able. My best wishes to you all."

If Sabbath plays anywhere in our region (Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, etc.) will you go? I've seen Ozzy with his solo band and saw Black Sabbath fronted by Ronnie James Dio, but I think I'd like to see the grandfathers of heavy metal (though it would be nice if they could work things out with Bill Ward and get him back behind the kit!)