Queen's Brian May Cancels Rest of 2016 Tour Dates Over 'Persistent Illness'

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Brian May of Queen performs at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2016 at Seaclose Park on June 12, 2016 in Newport, Isle of Wight. 

Fans hoping to catch Queen guitarist Brian May perform live this year will have to halt their plans for now. May has axed the rest of his 2016 concerts, citing an unnamed medical condition. “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 admitted on his official website

This includes all eleven of May’s annual “candlelight concerts” with Broadway star Kerry Ellis. Full refunds have been offered to fans at point of purchase. 

“I’m gutted to have to pull out,” Queen's founding guitarist continued. “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.”

May's last live performance was Sept. 30 in Thailand, with Queen and Lambert.

He continued in a later post: “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.”

Queen fans at least have a couple new releases to look forward to. On Nov. 4, they’ll get Queen on Air: The Complete BBC Sessions, a compilation (available on up to six discs) featuring live performances and interviews. And in his cancelation statement, May announced plans to release a “newly recorded studio album” with Ellis this March called Anthems II.