Queen’s Brian May issues health update after cancelled solo tour

Guitarist had previously scrapped live dates due to 'persistent illness'

Queen guitarist Brian May has given fans an update about his health after cancelling a solo tour in October due to “persistent illness”.

Back in October, the rock legend announced that his December solo tour would no longer go ahead because of doctor’s orders. May was due to play 11 UK dates with frequent touring partner Kerry Ellis.

However, he told fans in a statement that he had been “increasingly battling with a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will”, adding: “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.”

May took to Twitter earlier today (Tuesday, December 6), thanking fans for “all your kind wishes” and informing them that he was “still taking it relatively slowly” but is “getting stronger”. See his message in full beneath.

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.

Brian May recently paid tribute to Freddie Mercury’s mother after she died at the age of 94.