Brian May celebrates getting the all-clear from cancer with a cup of tea and “magic” forgotten Queen track



15 January 2014 by Marc Andrews

– Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that he celebrated getting the all clear from cancer on Tuesday evening with a calming cup of tea.
– ‘Hey, I know how to rock,’ the music legend joked on his blog.
– The 66-year-old had to have a biopsy for prostate cancer last Friday when doctors found some small possible problem areas.

Brian celebrates his all clear
So relieved he had a cup of tea! Brian May is smiling again after getting the all-clear from doctors

On Tuesday evening, however, the Queen member posted on his blog [SOAPBBOX on] that he had had a phone call from his specialist to say they had not found any cancer cells.

‘I am – thank God – in the clear. It’s a great relief,’ May wrote. ‘I celebrated in the studio with a cup of tea. 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.’

Soapbox extract
Brian’s blog! This was the heartfelt message that the Queen legend wrote on his blog about his cancer scare

‘Thanks to all of you who have cared so much…I never realised I was so much thought of.’

The news was especially poignant for May as his own father died of cancer at exactly the same age as he is now. May has been suffering from severe back pain for the some time and subjected to a successions of scans, blood tests and ultrasounds to see what the problem could be and to rule out cancer.

Freddie and Brian May
Queen magic! Brian on stage with lead singer Freddie Mercury at a band concert in the 1980s

Now in the all-clear, Brian can focus on the important work at hand – getting a new Queen track, featuring Freddie Mercury, out to an eagerly-waiting public. Brian wrote on his blog that the secret Queen track recorded by the band some 30 years ago and featuring Freddie on vocals has just been discovered.

‘Some Queen magic is happening,’ he blogged on excitedly. ‘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 it. What’s great is NOBODY has got hold of this and leaked it. How brilliant is that? Well, this is something shiny and to all intents and purposes new. And we get the chance to polish it in private, without advice from all and sundry!’

Freddie Mercury
Long live Queen! Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS 1991, on stage in Ireland in 1986

Brian added that the track was crying out to be brought to the attention of the world. The good news for Queen fans comes hot on the Bohemian heels of reports that tracks Freddie collaborated on with Michael Jackson are also finally going to be seeing the light of day.

Brian also revealed fellow surviving band member Roger Taylor is working in a separate studio on Queen ‘archaeology’.

‘We’ll meet up to compare notes very soon and figure out where we go from here,’ he explained to fans. ‘I can’t help but feel a buzz. I’m energised again. It’s nice to be putting the Queen hat on again for a while. This year will be interesting, to say the least. I’m very thankful I will get to enjoy it.’

Queen in the 70s
Queen in the 70s: (L-R) Freddie, Brian, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor