Jörg Michael, the drummer for many bands in the past such as Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, Running Wild and Saxon - and current Stratovarius drummer - has been diagnosed with cancer.

Posted on the official Stratovarius website:

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 (it's Jens writing this if you didn't figure it out) 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. ) 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' name if you are curious.
So it turns out that Stratovarius will do the first leg of the Helloween Seven Sinner 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.

/Jens


Source: stratovarius.com
 
Posted: 18.11.2010 by Baz Anderson



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The Shape 1973 - 18.11.2010 at 17:12  
I am a christian, but i am so pissed off with God right now. How many metal musicians are you going to crap on this year.
Windrider - 18.11.2010 at 17:44  
Written by The Shape 1973 on 18.11.2010 at 17:12

I am a christian, but i am so pissed off with God right now. How many metal musicians are you going to crap on this year.


Unfortunately the dark side of divine is this year also not in a good mood... But I will pray to all demons for both Jörg Michael and Nergal... And of course any other metal musician who deserves and needs it!
Bad English - 18.11.2010 at 18:06  
O shit, bad year for metal get well soon

It means he need same staff to talk what Sonny Barger has after surgery
Angelic Storm - 18.11.2010 at 18:40  
Wow, this sucks... It seems never ending this year, all the great metal musicians dying, or becoming seriously ill. Hope he beats this horrible disease and gets back to the mighty Stratovarius as soon as possible. And of course, the same for Nergal and Behemoth! \m/
Vitriolic Hate - 18.11.2010 at 19:44  
It really sucks,I hope he will get well soon.
DreamNightmare - 18.11.2010 at 20:43  
This is why i continue to think the 18th day in every month is cursed! Fight this Demon and get rocking again soon Jorg. Stratovarius needs its powerhouse drummer!
Carl Berg - 18.11.2010 at 20:46  
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recording some record or other with that little indie cellar band of his called HammerFall


Hahaha, at least he hasn't lost his sense of humor!
Dark Blood - 18.11.2010 at 21:19  
It sucks... I hope the kicks the hell out of that disease.
Lit. - 18.11.2010 at 22:05  
I think it's safe to assume that God is not a Metalhead.
Best wishes out to him.
Kingface - 18.11.2010 at 23:53  
This is sad news, hope he beats it!
Sanzo - 19.11.2010 at 00:38  
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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


This is bad news, and I wish him the best, but...this made me lol
Elodie Artour - 19.11.2010 at 00:39  
Damn God - won't you stop killing/diagnosing musicians with sever diseases at least for a while?!
Damn 2010 - will you ever end?!

Speedy recovery, Jörg! I hope everything's gonna be fine with you!
LeChron James - 19.11.2010 at 03:32  
Maaaan that sounds eerily like how chuck schuldiner found out about his cancer. STAY STRONG JORG.
Shadowcross - 19.11.2010 at 04:25  
That sucks hey ... i've always admired Jörg's drumming. I really hope he makes a quick recovery and can get rid of it all. No more vodka for now Jörg!!
Hermann Langke - 19.11.2010 at 05:27  
Don't go the Dio way.
tea[m]ster - 19.11.2010 at 05:30  
...and the hits just keep on coming
mikeprado30 - 19.11.2010 at 05:48  
God is just searching the best ones for his personal service's band

But something gives me the thing that Jörg will surpass this fight in great form, trust me!
Carloz - 19.11.2010 at 10:19  
Bad news really, but let's hope he manages to win this battle.

On the other hand - am I the only one to think that his name could be misheard as "George Michael" ?:P
Yavanna - 19.11.2010 at 11:41  
Sad News. Hope he get well soon.
Kennoth - 19.11.2010 at 15:05  
Written by Carloz on 19.11.2010 at 10:19

On the other hand - am I the only one to think that his name could be misheard as "George Michael" ?:P


Well, now that you brought it to my attention, no.
Kimiwind - 19.11.2010 at 17:16  
This shit sucks. Hope he will get better soon and sort this out.
Risto - 19.11.2010 at 18:50  
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I called Jörg today [yesterday actually] and he was tired, but otherwise feeling pretty good. Thyroid cancer usually has good prognosis, and while we Finns got Sisu, Jörg got something out of this planet and it's gonna take him back to the drummer's stool. And fast.

Timo Tolkki @ Imperiumi boards
AnarChrist - 20.11.2010 at 06:25  
Cheese, did any of you not read the last line in the post. "Jörg had cancer. But he beat it." cheers!

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