BLIND GUARDIAN are utilizing the services of RHAPSODY drummer Alex Holzwarth for the duration of their Brazilian tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch which is preventing him from performing live for the next few weeks. The following is a statement issued by Stauch to the Brazilian fans explaining the reasons behind his absence from the tour:"First I want to let you know that it breaks my heart not being present in Brazil right now. I know, that you all have been waiting for four years to see BLIND GUARDIAN live, again. Knowing that you all are such loyal fans, you at least deserve following explanation: Due to pain in my left hand that got harder day by day since the Wacken Festival, I finally had to go to hospital yesterday, only one day before leaving to Brazil. There the doctors told me, that I have a tendon infection and that they have to plaster my arm to prevent me from moving my fingers and hand for at least 2 weeks. They were convinced that I must have had overstrained my tendons during playing drums on our previous shows and strictly advised me to rest for at least the next two weeks, because otherwise I could expect even not being able to play for the next couple of months anymore. I hope, you all can understand, that under these circumstances I don't want to risk my health, or even my job. Additional I'm still suffering under fever and an infection of my sinusitis, which momentarily totally prevents me even from traveling. Although I would have liked to join the trip to Brazil with the rest of the band, only to see you loyal fans after 4 years, again, or even some of you for the first time! It would have been a pleasure for me, to give my best in drumming for all of you on each show. I'm really sorry, friends!!! But one thing not to forget, Bards: Thanks Alex Holzwarth (RHAPSODY), who will give his best to practice our songs as good as possible in a minimum of time, we at least didn't have to cancel the whole Brazilian tour in the end. In my opinion, this guy is a fantastic drummer and more than a worthy replacement for me, but I think you all know it already. One thing is for sure: it wouldn't make sense to complain about this situation, now, because we all can't change it anymore. Try to make each show the biggest party for all in the band, because don't forget it isn't their fault, that I'm not present. They're only there for you, friends! So, sing as loud as you can!! Thanks a million to all of you for paying attention to my explanation, which hopefully was clear enough to understand and has put your minds at rest. See you hopefully all again, soon!!! I love you all!!! With best wishes and huge greetings, Yours, Thomen."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).