Queen's Brian May has cancelled his planned Candlelit Christmas concert tour dates with Wicked star Kerry Ellis due to what he described as a 'persistent illness'. May said that he is fighting: "a persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will," adding that he was 'gutted' to let fans down but that doctors have advised rest.
On the news, Ellis, who is currently starring in Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre, 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."
Anthems II, a newly recorded studio album featuring May and Ellis, will be released in March 2017.