Legendary guitarist was due to tour with singer Kerry Ellis in December

Brian May has cancelled his December solo tour on doctor’s orders.

The Queen legend was due to play 11 UK dates with frequent touring partner Kerry Ellis in December. However, he told fans today that a “persistent illness” has forced him to pull out.

“We’re very sad today to announce the indefinite postponement of our ‘candlelight’ concert dates this coming December,” he wrote on his website.

“This is a decision I’ve agonized over, but in the end it has become inevitable. I managed to complete the recent Queen and Adam Lambert dates in Asia but I have been increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will.”

May continued: “I am now at the point where I don’t feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect. I’ve been strongly advised to rest and heal, rather than go out and risk ‘falling down on the job’ out there, which would be a real tragedy.

“I’m convinced it’s much better taking the step to cancel the dates now, refunding the fans for the ticket sales, and giving all our team a chance to re-plan their time in December. Sincere apologies to all.”

Queen and Adam Lambert completed their tour at the end of September. Brian May and Kerry Ellis are due to release a collaborative album in March.

Meanwhile, a rare “fast version” of Queen’s Brian May-penned classic ‘We Will Rock You’ was shared earlier this week – listen here.