TONY IOMMI Says: Is ‘Amazed’ KEITH RICHARDS Is Still Alive
Iommi spoke to The Herald about some musicians of Iommi‘s generation survive and others don’t, the 70-year-old guitarist responded: “I don’t know. I’ve seen so many of my friends or people in the business who have done drugs and whatever else and died, from John Bonham onwards. John was a good friend. I’ve seen other friends go a similar way through drugs and alcohol abuse.”
He continued: “You get lonely. You get bored in the hotel so you try to find something to do to be somewhere else. We saw it with Lemmy Kilmister. He was the epitome of rock and roll. He was the one who would burn the candle at both ends all the time, but at some point, you’ve got to look at it and say, ‘I can’t do that anymore.’… Even with at 74 Keith Richards , I’m amazed he’s still pottering on. I take my hat off to him.”
Iommi, who was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011 and is currently in remission, is both philosophical and upbeat about his past, present and future.