In a statement on their website, Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael addresses the fans about his ongoing thyroid cancer treatment. Briefly, Jörg states that treatment is going well and that he has been, in fact, practicing drums lately. Singer Jens Johansson commented “He is a fighter. We have all talked to him and it’s clear that this guy is not down for the count. He and his team of German doctors are pissed off and ready to kick ass, and I would not want to be a little cancer cell on these guys’ shit list.. believe me.”
Stratovarius is all set to release their newest album”Elysium” on January 12,2011 from Edel.
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Dear All, this is Jörg speaking, finally.
I hope this message finds everybody well and everybody is in an easy-peasy Christmas mood already. The first leg of the European tour with Helloween is over – time to have a few words with you.
First of all, let’s not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex, thanx again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me.Surely I hate the idea of somebody sitting on “my chair” but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanx again, we’ll get together for a real drink, not like these other Scandinavian pussies in the band 🙂
I was overwhelmed by all the wishes, tons of emails and text messages I received from all over the world wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for supporting me, and it made me feel very strong when fighting these bastards inside of me.
I have some good news to tell you and believe me – I really enjoy to tell the world:
The surgery was done about 6 weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as Jens told me before: “Do not worry Jörg, nothing survives in your body after all what you did to it!” Finally he was right, there are only small bits and bobs left – I will fight those with another therapy in about 4 months time.
I think I have been very lucky that it was discovered by one of my friends in a very early state. Very good that my friend decided to become a doctor, he was very lousy when he tried playing the guitar.
Besides preparing myself for Christmas, I am currently practicing the drums to be ready and kickin’ again when the tour continues in the new year. I will be back, thanx again for everything and let’s get alive and kicking once again, see you in Paris and everywhere else……