Clue: It’s all to do with badgers…
The Glastonbury founder previously called May a “danger to farming” and criticised the guitarist’s opposition to the controversial cull – arguing that the process is a fight against the impact that bovine TB can cause when cattle become infected.
May has now insisted that Eavis’ comments would prevent the band – who are touring with Adam Lambert– from playing at Glastonbury even if it became a remote possibility.
“We won’t [play Glastonbury] and there are a lot of reasons for that,” May told BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball this morning (October 25).
“One of them is that Michael Eavis has frequently insulted me, and I don’t particularly enjoy that. What bothers me more is that he’s in favour of the badger cull, which I regard as a tragedy and an unnecessary crime against wildlife.
“There’s a little bit of a schism there, I wouldn’t do Glastonbury. Unless things changed radically.”
Despite May’s comments, Eavis last year claimed that the band were “not quite our thing” and claimed that Queen’s manager had sent him a ““hand-written postcard” in an unsuccessful attempt to secure a headline slot for the band.
Eavis also previously admitted that May’s stance on the badger cull “does have a bearing” on why Queen are unlikely to feature on any future line-ups.
In 2018, Eavis’ support of the badger cull also prompted Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan to lead calls for music fans and animal lovers to boycott Glastonbury.