Some extremely bad news

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Some extremely bad news

Post by JensJohansson » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:30 am

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 (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. :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' 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

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by Arkash » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:33 am

FOCK MAN!!!!!!!

I dunno what else to say! That sucks!!!

Best of supports for him, his family and friends!!!!

Still, happy the tour isn't cancelled, but you know... it's amazing he still push the band forwards, still is here intact and strong!!!!
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Post by Yngvie Malmsteen » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:40 am

Although it's a terrible disease,yet Jorg can and must get over it!
Hope you'll be better,Jorg.

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Post by stratoleo » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:48 am

:(
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Post by Mormegil » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:50 am

That really sucks indeed, all I can say is speedy recovery to Jörg! :)

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Post by RazielSR » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:04 am

If in the operation got out the thyroid with all or almost all the bad stuff, with some therapy the things will be better. Just some medical checks in the next years. I'm sure Jörg will be able to return soon. This is fucking life nowadays, everything is all about this fucking disease. Don't worry Jörg. You have our support! We will not forget you in the tour!

Jens,dude, you will write that sentence, you'll write it.
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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by valo_666 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:38 am

That's terrible news indeed. I hope he will recover as soon as possible, go Jorg!

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Post by mayhem-for-all » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:03 pm

I am shocked and hope all the best for Jörg.
He is one amazing drummer. I still think his solo on Visions of Europe is the best drum solo that I have ever heard. I just hope they succeeded.

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by nefertari » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:06 pm

I will send all my support to Jörg and I want to send lots of positive energy and my prayers to Jörg and to his family!

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by Plisken » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:06 pm

shit man...

I hope he makes a full recovery.

what am i saying >.> he is jorg!

I look forward to the day he is fully recovered!

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Post by Miss Fox » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:12 pm

I was so sad when I heard about it,but I am sure that Jorg will defeat the disease!
Best wishes for him!
Best wishes for Strato!

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Post by HinatAArcticA » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:15 pm

As bad this is... I know for sure that Jörg will beat fucking cancer :x

He's a fighter. Strong both in body & mind, I know. Years from now we will say "Remember how Jörg was so strong and came out of that"?

Go Jörg! I know I speak for the entire forum when I say, that you have all of our support! :o

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Post by RazielSR » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:16 pm

Yes, the doctors got out the whole thyroid and that's the best in this case, that is a case of 100% curable cancer. It has been a really fast and soon detection. That is the best, that and the power of his mind. That's the most important now, his mind, the support of his family and the support of Stratovarius and the fans. If he can go to some gigs at the beginning as a motivator(if it fits with the treatment dates, etc, etc) it would be really cool cause we, the fans will show him our support.
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Post by FOFO » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:18 pm

OMG, It's really a terrible news...Beat it, Jorg :!: We love U! May you recover ASAP!
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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by Faith » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:22 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this.I couldn't believe it when I saw it!
Never give up Jorg,you can beat this.Have faith in yourself,always have faith.Stay strong and do whatever it takes to get better!
The best of luck to you!

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Post by ÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖ » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:25 pm

:( All good thoughts to Jörg and his family.

Fight, fight...We know you will win over this monster...

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Post by crostrato » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:42 pm

I just cant belive, my favorite drummer, Jorg I will pray for you, to get back in shape, I now you can do that!!!!!!!!

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Post by ClauVille » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:57 pm

That's terrible news but he's a fighter, he's strong
and I' sending my best wishes from here.

Nowadays, there are many advances in medicine, get well soon Jörg, dont give up!!!!

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Post by Beast_Pete » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:17 pm

I hope Jörg gets better real fast and will become even stronger after he heals up. All the bests Jörg, you're the man!
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S a tested is a porba hullék,
Akkor is van még remény,
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Post by rikkertje » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:26 pm

Oh my... :cry:

I was in shock when I read this.
Jorgi, I hope you'll have a 100% recovery. And I hope you'll be back with Strato soon.

Also for the Strato guys, keep going on, and keep Jorg updated, so he gets all the motivation he needs. Good luck to you too guys!

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by vinceee » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:28 pm

OMG!!Taht's really terrible news.But Jorg is a fighter!We all kown that,carry on,man
Best wishes for the fighter Jorg

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by shg » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:54 pm

The news are very touching. I wish you strength, Jörg. Times are tough, but I believe that everything will turn out the best possible way.

I also hope all of you in the band strength. Be together. We are all together for you.

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Post by VictorTDD » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:56 pm

Jörg, I'm 100% sure you can beat it!

I want to see you in China!

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Post by _Pepe_ » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:04 pm

it's sad...
but Jorg is a very stronger man , and with all the current science/technology is very possible to beat this F***ing Cancer.

All my good vibes and my best wishes for you Jorg, You can do it!

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All the best to Jörg...

Post by Damien Thorn » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:05 pm

All the best to Jörg. We're with you, man. You'll beat this!

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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by foerg » Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:58 pm

Jörg, we wish you all the best!

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Post by ggonza43 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:38 pm

Dear God! I know how that feels, I have hypotheroidism as almost everyome in my familiy; my mother had cancer in the same place you have, and I can assure you that you just need to relax, not frighten at all, and leave it all into the doctors' hands...Bear in mind it's not that serious, and it can be cured easily. So hang in there Jorg, we know you are a great person and a fighter, keep it going man and best wishes on your recovery :)
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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by RazielSR » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:52 pm

ggonza43 wrote:Dear God! I know how that feels, I have hypotheroidism as almost everyome in my familiy; my mother had cancer in the same place you have, and I can assure you that you just need to relax, not frighten at all, and leave it all into the doctors' hands...Bear in mind it's not that serious, and it can be cured easily. So hang in there Jorg, we know you are a great person and a fighter, keep it going man and best wishes on your recovery :)
It's completely true gonza what you say.
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Re: Some extremely bad news

Post by Jude » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:52 pm

Sad news indeed, i deeply hope that Jörg gets well as soon as possible.

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Post by stratopoland » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:58 pm

I can't believe. Why this sad and horrible news breaks down all good things such as new album or next tour? But life is so cruel. Unfortunately, it very often attacked inappropriate people.
All, what I can do is to wish you belief in success and speedy recovery.

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