"A persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will" is forcing Brian May off the road for the rest of 2016.
The Queen guitarist has posted a note on his official web site canceling the candlelight concerts he performs each December in England with vocalist Kerry Ellis, as well as any other scheduled appearances for the balance of the year.
May writes that after playing with Queen + Adam Lambert in Asia, "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 'fall down on the job' out there, which would be a real tragedy...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."
May writes that he'll "spend some time recharging in a safe place. Need to turn off the phones and media for awhile...I have to get away and (prioritize) healing -- sometimes there is no choice."
May will instead be represented by the November 4 release of Queen On Air: The Complete BBC Sessions, which will include the group's performances on the British network during the early part of its career.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.