QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO TOUR UK AND EUROPE WITH NEW STATE-OF-THE ART SHOW 19th April 2017
Queen + Adam Lambert are to play an extensive UK tour in November and December preceded by nine select dates in Europe kicking of in Prague on 1st November.
The UK dates include concerts at both the O2 Arena and Wembley Arena within three days of each other.
The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set-list that the band have said they will provide some surprises.
The eleven city UK and Ireland tour will kick off in Dublin on 25th November. They perform in Belfast in Northern Ireland the following day, then reach mainland Britain on 28th November to play Liverpool's Echo Arena.
More dates follow in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, climaxing with two huge London shows at the O2 Arena on 12th December and The SSE Arena, Wembley, on 15th December.
These shows will mark the band's first full British tour in almost three years, having last performed across the UK in January 2015 when they played ten sold out shows. Their only UK appearance in 2016 was a one-off headlining set at the closing night of the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 12th June, part of a fifteen date European summer festival tour. Isle of Wight festival organizer John Giddings credited the band with "the greatest show we have ever had".
For their 2017 tour, the band will unveil a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production. The choice of performance material will no doubt acknowledge this year's 40th anniversary of Queen's biggest selling studio album to date, 'News Of The World' from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'.
Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor said about the 2017 tour:
"It will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along.
"But we don't use it all. We don't play to click track. It's 100% live. We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time.
"We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a by-product."
Guitarist Brian May has confirmed the 2017 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda.
"The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that, but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We'll do quite a bit more of that this time around.
"There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."
Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band's canon of classics.
"What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit. Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree.
"We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about."