Queen guitar legend Brian May injured in a bizarre gardening accident

If you remember Spinal Tap, you’ll know that the group had a lot of trouble with drummers dying on them, including Stubby Peeps, who died in a bizarre gardening accident.

In real life, we were told that Toto drummer Jeff Pocaro died after spraying insecticide in his garden. Allergic reaction, it was said. (It wasn’t; an autopsy revealed it was a heart attack caused by hardening of the arteries as the result of rampant cocaine use.)

Now we hear that Queen guitarist Brian May has been hospitalized after suffering a buttock muscle tear. “I managed to rip my gluteus maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening.”

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Reality check ! For me. 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

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The pain is tremendous. This is the largest muscle in the body and controls movements of the hip and thigh.

May was taken to hospital, scanned for injuries, and then hopped up on goofballs. He’s been unable to sleep and he won’t be able to walk for a while.

No details are available about how he managed to tear such a big muscle while gardening.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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