Taken from uDiscover Music (May 16, 2022)
Queen + Adam Lambert Gear Up For Much-Anticipated UK & Europe 'Rhapsody' Tour
The 36-date itinerary begins in Belfast on May 27 and concludes in Tampere, Finland on July 25.
by Tim Peacock
Queen + Adam Lambert - Photo: Marc Grimwade/WireImage
Twice postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the much-anticipated 'Rhapsody' Tour by Queen + Adam Lambert is finally all set to rock its way across the UK and Europe for eight weeks from late May to late July.
The show has been hailed as "the latest astonishing chapter in the story of rock's greatest band, putting a brand new, highly distinctive spin on over five decades of Queen's music." The arena tour begins on Friday, May 27 with the first of two consecutive dates at Belfast's SSE.
Brian May, Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert and the band then perform at Manchester's AO Arena on May 30 and 31, moving on to a brace of shows at Glasgow's OVO Hydro on June 2 and 3. They then begin a rarely-achieved residency of no fewer than ten nights at London's The O2 on June 5, during which time there are also two shows in Birmingham at the Utilita Arena (11 and 12).
In all, the 'Rhapsody' Tour will see Queen + Adam Lambert performing 36 shows across Europe. After a two-year wait, audiences will finally have the chance to see the epic new show which drew awe and acclaim on its initial outing in North America in 2019, and became rock's hottest ticket of the year in the US. The concerts will be the band's first European dates since the worldwide box office sensation that was the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic.
Queen + Adam Lambert's all-new 'Rhapsody' show - praised as "a marvel of technical advances" - followed its North American outing with 17 stadium concerts across South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand in 2020 playing to nightly audiences as large as 75,000 when in Sydney, Australia, Queen + Adam performed for Fire Fight Australia, before the show was abruptly curtailed by the unprecedented world lockdowns introduced in April 2020.
Ever the masters of extravagant performance and sumptuous visuals, Queen + Adam Lambert's newest production is again the work of Stufish Entertainment Architects' set designer Ric Lipson and lighting designer Rob Sinclair. Both have a long-term association with Queen including the band's eye-popping News Of The World-inspired touring show of 2017-18.
Lipson describes the two-and-a-half-hour production as "a new chapter in the history of the band. Once again for them expanding the parameters of what a live music experience can be, this new show delivers the band's most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen's music."
Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Starting as they meant to go on, their first full show together in June 2012 thrilled a crowd of half a million strong in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev. Since then, May and Taylor's musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert's vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination.
Over 200 gigs later, the partnership has remained a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world, with total audiences of close to four million. The band's Live Around The World album, released in October 2020, provided Queen with its tenth No. 1 album in the UK and gave Adam Lambert his first, and topped charts around in the world.
Roger Taylor said: "We are all absolutely gagging to get out there and start filling arenas with Queen again. I was lucky enough to play a tour last October to promote my album Outsider, which was great fun but it was obviously a more modest outing. However, playing with Queen is the real deal. It was so frustrating when the 'Rhapsody' Tour was interrupted in March 2020, and it feels as if we've been suspended in aspic ever since. But I'm absolutely overjoyed that the half a million or more people who bought tickets for this leg of the tour have kept their tickets. The absolute joy of being able to get out and connect with thousands of people is palpable."
Brian May said: "Just the thought of getting back on tour is incredibly exciting. I can feel the tension building already! Two years ago we finished the Australia leg of our tour, which included the Fire Fight benefit concert at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, in front of around 75,000 people. That was like another Live Aid and it was one of the best concerts we've ever played. So we were on a real emotional high after that. We'd played the States, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia - and we were then plunged straight into lockdown. So we now have a real obligation to deliver, after postponing these dates twice. We've got the crew back together. There will be no compromises. This is a going to be a full Queen show. There's nothing like it. We are all so excited to see people's reactions and exceed everybody's expectations."
Adam Lambert added: "I am so anxious to get back on stage! It has been incredibly frustrating for all musicians over the last two years, because we really do live for this physical connection with the audience. We had just played an amazing tour of America, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, and we were all ready to play Britain and Europe, but then lockdown happened. I was very lucky to do a few shows on my own last year - but there is nothing like being on a stadium and arena tour with Queen. It is such a thrill and I am desperate to get out there again."
Queen + Adam Lambert's UK and Europe 'Rhapsody' Tour includes the following shows:
27 May 2022: Belfast, The SSE Arena
28 May 2022: Belfast, The SSE Arena
30 May 2022: Manchester, AO Arena
31 May 2022: Manchester, AO Arena
2 June 2022: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
3 June 2022: Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
5 June 2022: London, The O2
6 June 2022: London, The O2
8 June 2022: London, The O2
9 June 2022: London, The O2
11 June 2022: Birmingham, Utilita Arena
12 June 2022: Birmingham, Utilita Arena
14 June 2022: London, The O2
15 June 2022: London, The O2
17 June 2022: London, The O2
18 June 2022: London, The O2
20 June 2022: London, The O2
21 June 2022: London, The O2
24 June 2022: Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Arena
26 June 2022: Cologne, Lanxess Arena
28 June 2022: Zurich, Hallenstadion
29 June 2022: Munich, Olympiahalle
1 July 2022: Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
2 July 2022: Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
6 July 2022: Madrid, Wiznik Centre
7 July 2022: Madrid, Wiznik Centre
10 July 2022: Bologna, Unipol Arena
11 July 2022: Bologna, Unipol Arena
13 July 2022: Paris, AccorHotels Arena
15 July 2022: Antwerp, Sportspalais
17 July 2022: Copenhagen, Royal Arena
18 July 2022: Copenhagen, Royal Arena
20 July 2022: Stockholm, Avicii Arena
21 July 2022: Oslo, Telneor Arena
24 July 2022: Tampere, Nokia Arena
25 July 2022: Tampere, Nokia Arena.
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