MESSIAH'S KISS/RIOT Singer MIKE TIRELLI Undergoes Surgery For Stomach Cancer

Mike Tirelli has been an integral part of the music scene for over 20 years both as a singer and songwriter. His talent and perseverance brought him worldwide recognition performing with such bands as BURNING STARR, RIOT, MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, LASTLIX and ZILLION, to name just a few.

In the fall of 2008, Mike was diagnosed with stomach cancer and has been undergoing treatment for this life-threatening illness. All the treatments thus far have been a huge success in eradicating this disease.

Earlier this month, Tirelli underwent one last treatment that includes a surgery of the stomach.

RIOT guitarist Mark Reale has issued the following update on Tirelli's condition:

"I am very happy to inform all of you that Mike Tirelli's operation for stomach cancer was a huge success! After undergoing three months of chemotherapy treatment, Mike underwent a major surgery of the stomach a few days ago. The doctors where very pleased with the chemotherapy and had caught the disease in time before damage was done to the stomach area thus having not to repair as much as first thought.

"Mike is now recovering nicely and is in very high spirits. He's expected to be leaving the hospital in about a week. He would like to thank all of your support and prayers in his recovery and can't wait to get back on the stage again soon."

If you would like to help Mike's rising medical costs, you can still send your donations to the address below.

Mike Tirelli
c/o Franklin Wayne Music
1 Cedarfield Terrace
St. James, NY 11780

Please make all checks payable to Michael Tirelli.

Mike Tirelli performing at his benefit concert on February 8, 2009 at Mulcahy's in Centereach, New York:

RIOT with Mike Tirelli performing "Thundersteel" live in Spain, 2007:

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