EPICA Singer Thanks Fans For Their Support

March 2, 2008

EPICA lead singer, Simone Simons — who was recently infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),also known as the hospital bacteria — has issued the following update:

"I want to express my gratitude to the EPICA fans who have been supporting me through this difficult period. I have received numerous emails and presents. They really give me strength! It means the world to me that you care about me.

"Unfortunately, I am still not healed from the infection yet. I am trying my best to get rid of it but it is a real pain in the ass. I have parted ways with antibiotics and am focussing on natural medicines. The antibiotics are the reason for my disease and I have had enough of it. Most important is still to rest a lot and to crank up my immune system.

"EPICA and me are very sad that the Mexican tour had to be canceled again. We really want to come over but like many of you said it is better for me to go back on tour when I am totally healed.

"Overall, I am positive that I will overcome this and can't wait to get back on tour.
I miss singing on stage, and, of course, your energy.

"Please be patient and I hope to see you all soon!"

According to WebMD, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA),like all staph bacteria, can be spread from one person to another through casual contact or through contaminated objects. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has MRSA. This could be anyone in a health care setting or in the community. MRSA is usually not spread through the air like the common cold or flu virus, unless a person has MRSA pneumonia and is coughing.

Fan-filmed video footage of EPICA performing the song "Sensorium" on January 11, 2008 at the Patronaat in Haarlem, the Netherlands can be viewed below (courtesy of "letthemetalflow").

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