Brian May has been under the weather for some time and they haven’t found out why.
May has announced that he is cancelling his eleven December shows with Kerry Ellis due to a sickness that is “destroying my energy and my will”.
Brian, who has a high standard to which he holds himself, said that he made the agonizing decision because “I don’t feel confident to perform the scheduled shows to the standard we all expect.”
He continued “I’m gutted to have to pull out – I hate letting our loyal fans down. But the advice I have had is that I must take time off to heal, rather than go out on tour again and risk falling down on the job, which would be much worse.”
Kerry Ellis, who May has been working with for a few years in between his work with Queen, said “Brian is a dear friend of mine and obviously his health must come first. I was so looking forward to touring the UK again with Brian. I know so many of you had bought tickets for an early Christmas treat, and I am truly sorry that we are letting so many of you down. But we will be back next year for sure, with new music for you all to hear.”
May and Ellis have a new album, Anthems II, due in March.
Later, May posted a new message explaining the situation further. “I got myself in a very depleted state and have taken the decision now to clear my diary of everything until the end of the year. I’m leaving today on a big steel bird to spend some time recharging in a safe place. Need to turn off the phones and media for a while.”