When Brian May’s doctors told him that tests for prostate cancer came back negative, the Queen guitarist knew exactly how to celebrate…with a calming cup of tea!
“I am - thank God - in the clear. It's a great relief,” Brian wrote on his blog. “I celebrated in the studio with a cup of tea.”
The musician than joked, “Hey, I know how to rock.”
The 66-year-old had a biopsy to check for prostate cancer last Friday after previous tests found some problem areas that needed to be investigated. Brian had been suffering from severe back pain and underwent a number of scans, blood tests and ultrasounds in an attempt to figure out what was wrong.
“There are still some mysteries to solve, but I am going to take a moment to count my blessings and get back into life in the big wide world,” the guitarist wrote.
The news that he is cancer free is especially poignant for the rock star whose own father died of cancer at Brian’s exact age. The musician made sure to thank fans for their continued support, writing, “I never realized I was so much thought of.”
After updating fans on his medical news, Brian also revealed that a secret Queen track recorded by the band some 30 years ago had just been discovered and will be released shortly!
“Some Queen magic is happening. I feel it in my bones. What I can say is the track we dusted off has the four of us - Freddie, John, Roger and myself - playing together on a track we'd all forgotten about....It sounds so fresh...I got quite emotional hearing some of it,” the rocker admits.
Brian May (far right) with Queen band-mates
Original band member Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 45 and bass guitarist John Deacon retired in 1997, so it's been a while since anyone has heard the four play together.
'What's great is NOBODY has got hold of this and leaked it,” Brian shares. “How brilliant is that? Well, this is something shiny and to all intents and purposes new.”