The pair were to perform 11 Candlelight Concerts in the three weeks leading up to Christmas, including at the Guild Hall, in Preston, on December 15.
Apologizing to fans through a personal message posted on his official website, Queen’s Brian May explains that he is fighting ‘a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will’, and doesn’t feel confident to perform the shows to the standard expected.
He comments: “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.”
Kerry Ellis comments: “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.”
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A consolation for disappointed fans is a newly recorded studio album from May and Ellis, titled Anthems II, which is scheduled for release in March.
All tickets already purchased are fully refundable.
To view Brian May's full message click here http://brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssboct16a.html#13