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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says he’d love to make another record with the band — but admits that it all depends on how his health holds up. Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in January 2012 and continues to undergo treatment for the disease, told, “It’s a question that’s been asked a few times. I don’t really have an answer. Because of my treatments and stuff I can’t commit to doing another two years or anything like that. I have to play it as it comes now.”

Iommi added, “I’m really enjoying it. If the rest of the year goes well, then we’ll look at it and see if it’s possible to do another album. It would be very nice to. You can’t beat that feeling of walking onstage, especially with your old mates, you know. I think it’s better than it was 40 years ago.”

Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler reunited last year to record 13, their first album together since 1978.

The reunion was marred by Iommi’s illness and founding drummer Bill Ward’s refusal to participate over a contract dispute.

With Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk sitting in on drums, the band and producer Rick Rubin ended crafting 13, which came out in June and became the group’s first-ever Number One album in the U.S.

When we asked Ozzy recently about the possibility of doing a follow-up to 13, he replied, “If we do do another album, it’d be great, but if we don’t, this will be a nice way to round it up. The only sad thing is that Bill never played on it.”

Sabbath is currently on a North American tour and stops on Monday night (August 12th) in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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