Queen artist confirms there's 'still some mysteries to solve' but celebrates news by heading back into the studio, where he and Roger Taylor have been working on previously unheard music featuring the late Freddie Mercury
After a succession of "urgent" tests, Queen's Brian May has been reassured that his prostate is cancer-free. While "there are still some mysteries to solve" with regard to the guitarist's health, May said he is celebrating an end to last month's cancer scare.
On his blog, May recalled the recent conversation with his medical specialist. "He said, 'I have good news,'" May wrote. "'The result of your prostate biopsy is here, and we did not find any cancer cells.'"
May does still seem concerned with his health. He is "in the clear," he wrote, only "as far as that vital organ is concerned". Still, "it's a great relief" and the 66-year-old said he is "[taking] a moment to count [his] blessings". "I celebrated in the studio with a cup of tea. Hey - I know how to rock!"
May's studio time is clearly paying off: he and Roger Taylor have been digging through Queen's unfinished recordings, adding new instrumentation for a possible release. In addition to recordings featuring the band's late singer, Freddie Mercury, and their former bassist, John Deacon, there are also tapes from Mercury's 1980s sessions with Michael Jackson.
"The track we dusted off today has the four of us, Freddie, John [Deacon], Roger and myself, playing together on a track we'd all forgotten about, that was never finished," May wrote this weekend. "It sounds so fresh ... and, well, it's crying out to finally be brought into the world. What's great is nobody has got a hold of this and leaked it. How brilliant is that? ... This is something shiny and to all intents and purposes NEW."
"I can't help but feel a buzz," he went on. "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."
In a December interview with Canoe, Roger Taylor said that Queen will probably reunite with 31-year-old singer Adam Lambert for some shows in 2014.
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