Queen + Adam Lambert announce arena tour of the UK and Ireland
- Craig Angus
- 18 April 2017
Legendary British band will play 12 dates with former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert
Queen + Adam Lambert have announced an enormous European tour for 2017, and will play 12 dates in the UK and Ireland.
The legendary group's founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor are currently performing with the former American Idol runner-up, who replaced Paul Rodgers after he stepped down in 2009.
It's a bit of a dream come true for Lambert, who performed 'We Are The Champions' with May and Taylor when they were special guests on the show's eighth season, and even chose Queen's iconic rock opera 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for his audition tape.
Lambert added: '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.'
Guitarist Brian May said the shows would acknowledge the forty years anniversary of the release of Queen's biggest studio album, News of the World. 'The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that,' he said, '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.'
The tour kicks off at Dublin's 3 Arena on Sat 25 Nov, and concludes at the Wembley SSE Arena in London on Fri 15 Dec.
Queen + Adam Lambert 2017 Tour Dates:
Sat 25 Nov – Dublin, 3 Arena
Sun 26 Nov – Belfast, SSE Arena
Tue 28 Nov – Liverpool, Echo Arena
Thu 30 Nov – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Fri 1 Dec – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Sun 3 Dec – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Tue 5 Dec – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Wed 6 Dec – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Fri 8 Dec – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Sat 9 Dec – Manchester Arena
Tue 12 Dec – London, 02 Arena
Fri 15 Dec – London. The SSE Arena, Wembley
Tickets on sale Fri 21 Apr at 10am. Presale available from Thu 20 Apr at 10am.