The world is going to pieces and many of the rock stars and celebrities we know and love are being hospitalized for COVID. Well, you’ll be happy to know the illness is not what landed Brian May in the hospital earlier this week. Rather, it was a bizarre gardening accident which, despite being somewhat embarrassing, left the Queen guitar player in considerable pain.
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Here’s a quote so you can get it straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth. "Reality check ! For me. No - the Virus didn’t get me yet - thank God. Hope you’re all keeping extra-safe out there," he wrote. "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."
For those of you who are not as in the know scientifically, that means May tore his butt muscles while gardening. The 72 year old guitarist broke the news himself when he posted a selfie on his Instagram account that showed him being rolled down a hospital corridor wearing a surgical mask.
"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."
Despite the humorous circumstances of the accident, it seems May is in a lot of pain and we wish him the best while he recovers.
In other Queen related news, the band has recently re-released their famous hit ‘We Are the Champions’ with current singer Adam Lambert taking the helm. Proceeds will benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO supporting frontline workers.
The video for the song features remote performances by the members of Queen as well as footage of medical professionals on the frontline. The project hits home with the band as drummer Roger Taylor’s daughter is a doctor who has been in the middle of some scary situations over the past couple of months.
The band is also hoping that the live performances that have had to put off for next year will actually happen. Taylor is quoted as saying, “I don’t know if there will be concerts next year, but I suspect there will be.”
We can only hope that there soon comes a time when everything goes back to normal and that includes Brian May’s gluteus maximus. Trying times indeed!