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Queen's Brian May undergoes leg surgery

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Queen guitarist Brian May underwent successful surgery on his leg earlier this week ahead of the next stage of Queen + Adam Lambert’s The Rhapsody Tour.

The 72-year-old rock legend took to Instagram to share a photo of himself throwing a thumbs up from his hospital bed. 

Brian explained to his followers that he’d been suffering from pain his leg during Queen + Adam Lambert’s North American tour throughout the summer, but he got through it thanks to power of adrenaline. 

He wrote: “I’m done! After a snip to my calf muscle, I’m feeling good! The theory is that it will release the excess tension in my Achilles’ tendon and get me out of a painful heel situation I’ve been in for many months. 

“I had the problem all through our last tour of the USA - and although adrenaline got me through, my running around was severely curtailed, and there were a couple of nights when I really couldn’t move at all around the stage (nobody noticed, it seems! 😏). 

“So now I’ll be taking it easy just a bit for a while, but full recovery should be just in time for getting back out on tour in January - hopefully with a good pair of heels!”

Hours later, Brian shared a video of his bandaged leg, and wrote: “Thanks for your kind messages folks. I’m doing fine this morning - a little sore but home and ready for a relatively relaxing day. As you can see, everything still works! 

“Still got my Sympathy Bandage and my anti-clot sock on - but they come off tonight. There’s a small band-aid underneath covering a very small incision. I actually CAN walk, but stairs are a bit of a challenge!! Onwards!” 

The Rhapsody Tour will reconvene with two dates at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on 18th and 19th January before Queen + Adam Lambert hit Japan, New Zealand and Australia. 

Queen + Adam Lambert play five nights at London’s The O2 and two shows at Manchester Arena in June 2020 as part of a larger European tour. 

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