STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has posted the following message on the group's web site:
"Unfortunately my trip was delayed for one day because I had to travel to Orimattila and Lahti.
"I am writing this in my beautiful suite in New York after trying to talk some sense to [keyboardist Jens] Johansson. Next I will be going to talk to [drummer Jörg] Michael.
"Many thanks for all those who supported me in these heavy times. Through tough times you find out who your real friends are.
"For those who have been attacking me I only want to say one thing: FUCK OFF!
"And I repeat it one more time that it becomes clear: FUCK OFF!!! Thanks for showing me the way idiots!!"