Paul McCartney feared playing Glastonbury would endorse the “‘mass killing of badgers”, Brian May has revealed.
The Beatles star is said to have rang up the Queen guitarist for advice ahead of his headline performance at the world famous venue next year.
May, 72, had refused his own invitation to perform after clashing with organiser Michael Eavis over the morality of badger culls.
Eavis had branded May’s opposition a “danger to farming”, prompting calls from activists for performers to boycott the festival at Worthy Farm in June 2020.
Sir Paul, 77, was apparently concerned that by accepting the invite, it would suggest he supported killing the wild animals.
May wrote on social media: “Paul was kind enough to phone me about this before he accepted the invitation.
“He was concerned that he might be thought to be endorsing the current mass killing of badgers.
“Paul, a great campaigner on behalf of animals, is firmly against the Badger Cull.
“I told him he should not feel any obligations – that my reluctance to play was based on the personal comments Michael Eavis has made about me.”
Sir Paul eventually decided to accept the invite and May wished him luck with his performance.