Newsflah released today less than an hour ago in the Finnish media:
Dates for Jörg Farewell Tour:
Stratovarius say farewell to drummer Jörg Michael
Jörg Michael who last year was treated for thyroid cancer has decided to leave Stratovarius for personal reasons.
Stratovarius who have sold over 2.5 million records worldwide will say farewell to their drummer on the upcoming Finnish tour Nov. 18 - 26 2011. The tour is called "Jörg Farewell Tour"
Jörg Michael from Germany joined the band in 1995 and his first Stratovarius-album was Episode in 1996. He has played in the band over 15 years on nine CDs and on more than a thousand gigs.
- We can't but accept Jörg's decicion which from our view is unfortunate, and wish him all the best in the future. I can assure that the band will keep moving on says Timo Kotipelto, the singer of the band.
Jörg Michael will remain in the band's organization where he will keep working in Twisted Talent agency like he has done for years besides his job as a drummer.
Currently the band is touring in Russia with Helloween. They will play in Moscow and in St Peterburg in this weekend
18.11. Mikkeli, Mikaeli
19.11. Tampere, Pakkahuone
23.11. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
25.11. Oulu, Club Teatria
26.11. Helsinki, Tavastia
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/viihde/strato ... 10884.html
http://www.v2.fi/uutiset/viihde/11850/S ... sa-kanssa/