Brian May gets cancer all-clear

Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards 2011 In London - CeremonyQueen guitarist Brian May’s doctors have told him he’s clear of cancer.

Last month he told fans he’d undergone a series of urgent tests before Christmas after suffering back pain, which led to the discovery of abnormalities in his bones.

At the time he said he was “cautiously optimistic” – now he confirms he’s not suffering from the disease.

May explains: “I got a great call from my specialist. He said, ‘I have good news: the result of your prostate biopsy is here, and we did not find any cancer cells.’

“So finally, as far as that vital organ is concerned, I am – thank God – in the clear. It’s a great relief. I celebrated in the studio with a cup of tea. Hey, I know how to rock!”

He thanked fans once more for their support, saying: “I never realised I was so much thought of.”

Meanwhile, May has offered a hint about the project involving he and Roger Taylor working on long-forgotten recordings featuring Mercury. He reports: “Some Queen magic is happening; I feel it in my bones. It’s annoying to have to be secretive, but I guess I have to, for now.

“What I can say is the track we dusted off today has the four of us – Freddie, John, Roger and myself – playing together on a track we’d all forgotten about that was never finished.

“It sounds so fresh, exactly like it did off the 24-track tape it was recorded on, over 30 years ago. I got quite emotional hearing some of it. It’s crying out to be finally brought into the world.”

The best thing, says May, is that the track in question has never been leaked. “I can’t help but feel a buzz,” he admits. “It’s nice to be putting the Queen hat on again for a while. This year will be interesting, to say the least.”

An hour-long Queen concert movie recorded in 1985 has just been released, and they’re continuing work on the Mercury biopic.

-Classic Rock

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