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Tony Iommi is on the upswing from his treatment for lymphoma and says Black Sabbath will hit the road in 2013.

He writes, "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 album and managed to play three shows -- not bad given the news a year ago. I'm looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we're able."

Sabbath hope to have the album out in April. It's their first studio effort with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die

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