Queen guitarist Brian May, has canceled his upcoming “Christmas Candlelight Tour” with Kerry Ellis due to a “persistent illness.” May and Ellis were supposed to kick off the tour December on Dec. 7, for a three week, 11 city tour of the United Kingdom, but fear that May’s condition could worsen if he doesn’t rest for a period of time.
May posted a statement on his website about the cancellations:
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. 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.
May, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and has since been declared cancer free, added in a separate post:
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. Apologies to everyone involved in the things I will miss. I have to get away and prioritize healing — sometimes there is no choice.
Ellis also commented on the unfortunate situation:
Brian is a dear friend of mine and obviously his health must come first. I was so looking forward to touring the U.K. 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.