He lived through a fairly hedonistic phase of the rock scene, so you'd expect Brian May to be fairly battle-hardened by this stage.

It turns out that the Queen guitarist has an Achilles Heel, however - and it's not one you might expect.

The 72-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of himself in hospital with a face mask. Instead of the obvious assumption that most would make, he was not there to be treated for the virus - but rather because he had been gardening too hard.

"I managed to rip my Gluteus Maximus to shreds in a moment of over-enthusiastic gardening," he wrote. "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."

In case you were wondering, the glutes are the three muscles that make up the buttocks.

Is rock 'n' roll officially dead? Your call.

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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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