Rock superstar Brian May and West End favourite Kerry Ellis have been forced to postpone their pre-Christmas concert tour due to health issues affecting the Queen guitarist.
The Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour was to have been the sixth tour to feature May and Ellis, the musical theatre leading lady who created the role of Meat in the Queen musical We Will Rock You.
In a personal message posted on his website, May revealed he had been forced to postpone the tour indefinitely because he was suffering from an undisclosed ‘persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will’.
The veteran musician added: “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.”
Supporting May’s decision, his touring partner Ellis 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.”
Due to begin on 7 December at Dorking Halls in Surrey the 11-date tour was to feature new songs from the duo’s second album together, Anthems II, which is scheduled for release in March, alongside Queen classics and personal favourites.
Tickets for the shows already purchased are fully refundable at point of purchase.