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Stratovarius Drummer Jörg Michael Diagnosed With Cancer, Statement Issued From Band Member Jens Johansson

Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson has posted the following statement online:

"Dear STRATOVARIUS fans, I am afraid we have some quite terrible news. News of the worst imaginable kind. It's about our friend and drummer Jörg Michael.

"Jörg has cancer.

"He recently discovered a lump on his neck, went to the doctor, they decided to operate, and found what they call 'a malignant thyroid neoplasm.' They took out his whole thyroid just to have the best chance to get everything out. He will also have to undergo a regimen of radiotherapy.

"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.

"Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.

"As for STRATOVARIUS, as you perhaps know, there is a long tour coming up with HELLOWEEN, and with the surgery and therapy that will now follow there is no way Jörg can do the first part of the tour. For me personally, I at first felt quite hopeless about the tour, because I was so upset about all this news. But Jörg himself has been extremely clear that he does not want the band to cancel a single show because of this. In the end, this is what made at least me feel better about going back hitting the road next week.

"So, we have debated what to do for many days now. Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will, unfortunately, be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HAMMERFALL. :o)

"After a lot of searching, we found a guy that both can do it and didn't have other commitments: Alex Landenburg. He plays well, Jörg says he is a great guy (very important!) and he even started learning the set already before we even had decided what to do, which to me shows a lot of dedication. You can Google Alex's name if you are curious.

"So it turns out that STRATOVARIUS will do the first leg of the HELLOWEEN '7 Sinners' tour, just as planned, only not with Jörg behind the kit, but with Jörg very much as a motivator to us being there. Not one single date will be cancelled or changed.

"Jörg wants to be back on the road with us again as soon as possible depending on the thearapy, but we are not making any promises; that one is up to powers even higher than Jörg Michael and his doctors.

"We will try to keep you somewhat updated.

"Anyway, the most important thing is that they think they got all the bad stuff out and that the end result is that we just fix that sentence I wrote above. We will then say: Jörg had cancer. But he beat it."

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1. Hollow writes:

This is terrible.

I hope all goes well for Jorg and nothing awful happens. Cancer can be fought back against!

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2. thadeus writes:

Best of luck metal brother!

# Nov 18, 2010 @ 8:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DreamHeater writes:

f*** cancer.
Don't die, that would suck.

# Nov 18, 2010 @ 10:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. xEdgeKidx writes:

I'll keep him in my prayers. Drummers are important.

# Nov 19, 2010 @ 2:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. NW_MetalHead writes:

Sad news, I pray that he gets better soon

# Nov 19, 2010 @ 3:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. toxic.clown writes:

all my prayers will go to him we dont need another metal god to die on us

# Nov 19, 2010 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Metalheadx101x writes:

This is a horrible year for metal musicians, best wishes for his recovery.

# Nov 19, 2010 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. jim adams writes:

sad news.jorg stay strong and alive

# Nov 20, 2010 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Axsully101 writes:

hope all goes well , will keep in my prayers

# Nov 22, 2010 @ 1:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. boo writes:

u are strong! u will get better... soon! we love u Jörg!!!

# Nov 23, 2010 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metalbassist0704 writes:

f*** you cancer! You will NOT take anymore of our metal brothers away! Fight this demon and kick it's ass! We are behind you 100% \m/

# Nov 26, 2010 @ 12:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. metal-man writes:

get better man.

# Nov 29, 2010 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. PaganDrummerDave writes:

Get well and stay strong! You have the metal community behind you. We raise the horns to your recovery!!

# Nov 29, 2010 @ 7:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Jenny writes:

"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 p***ed off and ready to kick ass" Way to have the right attitude! I sure dunno what I would do if I had cancer. I really hope he gets better.

"Jörg first suggested my brother Anders to do this November-December 2010 leg, but it turns out Anders will, unfortunately, be busy recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HAMMERFALL. :o)" LOL :D

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