The 73-year-old rock legend has been hit by a series of serious issues over the past year. In 2019 he shocked fans posting an image from hospital after he had an operation on his calf muscle to relieve serious pain in his Achilles tendon. It had been causing a problem on stage during Queen and Adam Lambert’s current world tour. But then this year, three major incidents left Brian with heart, stomach and back problems. Nobody had realised quite how dangerous and life-threatening it was until Brian opened up in a new interview this weekend.
Brian was promoting the upcoming release of Live Around The World, the new Queen and Adam Lambert album and film which collects the band’s favourite concert performances from over the last eight years.
Brian, Adam and Rogert Taylor spoke about how the current pandemic crisis has affected the tour and also their own lives.
The Queen guitarist opened up on his own extreme personal challenges this year that “nearly killed me.”
He said: “It is a long climb back.”
Queen star Brian May has faced serious health issues
Brian said: “I’ve had complications due to the drugs I’m on, one of which was a stomach explosion that nearly killed me.”
“The heart attack was a symbol of an arterial disease, but I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t have high cholesterol and I was exercising throughout the tour, so why did it happen?”
May revealed his heart attack drama back in May which required three stents and a heavy regimen of drugs.
But nobody had known the medication also caused a life-threatening “explosion.”
Brian, though, has always looked for the positives whatever adversity he faces and reassured his fans through every step.
In the new interview, he adds: “At least now I have a heart that is working far better than it was.”
Fans will be pleased to learn their idol is getting back to full strength and he will have the rest of this year to focus on his recovery. After this year’s remaining concerts were cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all the remaining European shows have been rescheduled for 2021.
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Talking of his heart scare, Brian said: “I was actually very near death [but] I didn’t die. I came out and I would have been full of beans if it hadn’t been for the leg.”
After the calf operation, the rock star then suffered a freak accident while gardening at home and tore his gluteus maximus.
His heart attack came soon after: “In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside – I had a small heart attack. It’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness, and that feeling in the arms and sweating.”
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