Schlechte Nachrichten bei Stratovarius: Bei Drummer Jörg Michael wurde kürzlich Schilddrüsenkrebs diagnostiziert und die von Krebs befallene Schilddrüse bereits entfernt. Diese erste OP hat er gut überstanden, nun folgt eine Strahlentherapie. Dies kann man der offiziellen Homepage der Band entnehmen. Keyboarder Jens Johansson äußert sich entsetzt:
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.