The 72-year-old May noted he was experiencing pain in his Achilles tendon for some time, but said he was on path to a full recovery by the time of the band’s next round of tour dates.
“I’m done! After a snip to my calf muscle, I’m feeling good,” May wrote on Instagram. “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 U.S.A. — 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!).”
May posted an update later, thanking fans for their messages and support. “I’m doing fine this morning,” he said. “A little sore but home and ready for a relatively relaxing day. … 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 guitarist said he’ll be “taking it easy” for a few weeks before Queen + Adam Lambert continue their Rhapsody tour in Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The shows run from Jan. 18 until Feb. 29.