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Tribute artist faces same cancer battle as idol
10:10am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A BEWDLEY rock musician in a tribute band has found himself fighting the same health battle as one of the rock stars he imitates.
While the lead guitarist of the legendry rock group Black Sabbath undergoes treatment for lymphoma cancer,Jon Payne – a bass player with tribute act From Sabbath to Hell – is facing his own cancer battle. Just like his idol, he is determined the show must go on.
Tony Iommi is currently touring with Black Sabbath while he is undergoing treatment for lymphoma cancer.
Doctors found a shadow on Mr Payne’s colon and placed him on a 24-hour alert for an operation but, in true rock and roll style, he pleaded with doctors to postpone the treatment until all of From Sabbath to Hell’s shows have been played.
“I beat the first bit – the testicular cancer – and was in remission for three weeks but then they found the shadow on my colon,” said Mr Payne.
“They’ve caught it at stage one so, after this treatment, it is a matter of having a weekly injection, which will be on a Monday, which is good because our gigs are generally on the weekend so I’ve got all week to recover from the treatment.”
He added: “One thing I thought [when I found out] was that we were trying to be the most authentic Sabbath band around and as Iommi got cancer, I got it too.
“We’re the only Sabbath band with a member from Sabbath land and who are actually endorsed by Sabbath themselves.”
The bassist was also taught by and remains good friends with original Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler.
Colin Smith, who organised their show at the Virgin Tavern, Worcester, on Sunday, said: “I can’t find the true words to describe how I feel about his bravado, courage, will and determination to carry on and, in true showbiz style, say‘The show must go on’.”
For more details on the band,visit the the facebook page, From Sabbath to Hell.
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