Brian May taken to hospital after ripping buttock muscles in gardening mishap

Brian May onstage
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Queen legend Brian May has taken to Instagram to reveal that he was taken to hospital this week after injuring the muscles in his buttocks.

The guitarist posted a picture of himself wearing a surgical mask, and said, "No - the Virus didn’t get me yet - thank God. Hope you’re all keeping extra-safe out there. A decision to relax controls doesn’t suddenly make the danger go away. 

"But me? Yes, I’ve been quiet. Reason? As well as getting over-stretched and harassed by too many demands, I managed to rip my Gluteus Maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening. 

"So suddenly I find myself in a hospital getting scanned to find out exactly how much I’ve actually damaged myself. Turns out I did a thorough job - this is a couple of days ago - and I won’t be able to walk for a while, or sleep, without a lot of assistance, because the pain is relentless. 

"So, folks ... I need to go dark for a while, getting some complete rest, at home. Please, please don’t send me sympathy - I just need some healing silence for a while. I’ll be back - but I need the complete break. OK ? Thanks. Take care out there. Bri."

May followed his message with another post that read, "I’m tired and in pain - but an attempt to say - before it’s too late - "Wake up Britain” - and “Rise to the occasion, Boris”. The world we had before this CoronaVirus was not good enough. We need a radical rethink. If you agree... do something about it! Make your voice heard! Time to #RethinkBritain."

Brian May has been busier than most during lockdown, joining comedian Matt Lucas to perform the charity single Thank You Baked Potato, and hooked up with pop-rocker Kings Daughters on Instagram to officially launch their recent Get Up single.

He also joined his Queen bandmate Roger Taylor for a lockdown rendition of We Are The Champions with Adam Lambert. The track was later polished up to be released asa an official single

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.