Queen’s Brian May has cancelled all his shows in December, alongside Kerry Ellis, after admitting he’s fighting a “persistent illness”.
The pair were due to perform 11 Candlelight Concerts in the three weeks leading up to Christmas, but announced their indefinite postponement today.
Apologizing to fans on his official website, Brian revealed he’s fighting “a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will”, and doesn’t feel confident to perform.
He wrote: “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.”
While Kerry added: “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.”
The Queen star previously battled prostate cancer, but got the all clear in 2014.
He said at the time: “All the tests have come back with good reports so most of the ills that were possibilities a couple of weeks ago are now ruled out.”
The pair’s new studio album, titled Anthems II, is scheduled for release in March.
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