HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM), whose bout with mononucleosis has prevented him from appearing on the band's forthcoming studio album (the drum tracks on the CD are being recorded by MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee), has posted the following message via his official web site:
"How tricky life can be! I cannot believe that a thing like that came in my way and especially now, during such an important production! I've always been a positive-thinking man and somehow felt invincible. Well, for the first time in my life, I have to admit that something knocked me out and forced me to take a serious rest, a thing I'm not really used to, since I'm a very energetic kind of guy. I always loved to push myself to the limit yes, but it seems that exactly that caused the virus' attack. You can easily get infected with mononucleosis when your organism has reached a low level after stress or months of heavy training like I had. Mononucleosis - Epstein-Barr is unfortunately a very common virus and can leave heavy damages in your health. It is a kissing disease and can be caught anytime anywhere. It can cause serious damages to your health and ruin liver and spleen, if you don't get immediate medical attention with pure vitamin treatments and can awake in the worst cases multiple scleroses. Knock on wood! Its first symptoms are swollen glands, high fever and then you'll be lying in bed wishing you'd never been born. It takes at least 6 months of recovery. And again, knock on wood! My heart is bleeding for the decisions being made right now and for not being able to give my full performance on the HELLOWEEN production, a very, very inconvenient time but that's life. The good thing is, that I'm already feeling much better, though I know that it's still gonna take a while to get 100% back on my feet again and be able to jump and bang around like a madman! J
"Thanks to my family and friends who stand by my side right now and give me positive energy.
"See you all on tour next year!!
"Peace, Mark Cross"