Following phenomenal demand for tickets, Queen + Adam Lambert have added a further five shows to their hugely-anticipated June 2020 ‘Rhapsody’ residency at London’s O2 Arena – bringing the total of London performances to 10. The extra shows will take place on 8, 17, 18, 20 & 21 June.
In what will be their first European dates since the worldwide box office sensation that was the Bohemian Rhapsody film, Queen + Adam Lambert’s announcement today comes after the band well and truly rocked North America with 25 giant shows across the summer which drew universally ecstatic reviews – “it’s loud, it’s fun, and it’s unforgettable” – and played to sold out audiences totalling close to 400,000 spectators.
Queen’s all-new ‘Rhapsody’ show, already hailed as “a marvel of technical advances,” will kick off the new year of 2020 with 17 giant arena and stadium shows across South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The mega-show will then arrive in the UK and Europe in late spring, as Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor team up once more with long-time front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals to perform shows across nine countries from late May into early July.
The European tour will launch in Italy on 24 May, with its final stop in Madrid with two shows on 7 & 8 July. Along the way, it will play in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as the UK, where dates will centre around the 10 London shows at The O2 beginning on 2 June.
Tickets for the UK dates on Queen + Adam Lembert’s ‘Rhapsody’ tour go on sale to the general public today, 11 December, at 10am local time. There are no pre-sales. Tickets (maximum of six tickets per booking) are priced from £45.00. Visit Queen’s official website for further information on all the band’s forthcoming dates.
During the ‘Rhapsody’ tour, European audiences will at last have the chance to see the epic new show which has drawn awe and acclaim all through its North American run, and became Rock’s hottest ticket of the year in the USA. 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 who both have a long-term association with Queen including the band’s 2017-2018 eye-popping News Of The World-inspired touring show.
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.”
The tour comes at a time when Queen continue to ride high on the momentum of their box-office-busting, Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, which has introduced their music to new audiences with record-breaking results. Apart from becoming the highest- grossing music biopic of all time, in the UK it is also No. 1 biggest-selling film of 2019 on home release.
Queen’s original soundtrack to the film has remained high in the UK album chart ever since its November 2018 debut; in the US, it became the band’s highest-charting album in 38 years, and Queen sold more albums in North America than any artist in the first half of 2019. The timeless and groundbreaking ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ video has reached a historic one billion views on YouTube making it the most viewed music clip of the 20th Century. In addition YouTube views of ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ have just passed the 500 million mark.
This week Apple Music named Queen as most streamed rock artist globally among Apple Music users in 2019.
Revealing the news long awaited by the band’s UK and Europe fans, Queen’s Roger Taylor stated: “We’re back and we’re hot.”
An enthused Brian May said: “This is a fearsome new production taking the Queen legacy to a new place. I’m well proud.”
Adam Lambert joined in, saying: “I can’t wait to get back to the UK and Europe, we had a blast on our last tour, and I am so excited to bring this new show over there!”
Queen + Adam Lambert’s 2020 ‘Rhapsody Tour’ of the UK & Europe includes the following shows:
Sun 24 May: Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena
Tue 26 May: Paris, France, AccorHotels Arena
Wed 27 May: Antwerp Belgium, Sportspalais
Fri 29 May: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sat 30 May: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Tue 2 June: London, UK, The O2
Wed 3 June: London, UK, The O2
Fri 5 June: London, UK, The O2
Sat 6 June: London, UK, The O2
Mon 8 June: London, UK, The O2
Tue 9 June: London, UK, The O2
Thu 11 June: Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
Fri 12 June: Manchester, UK, Manchester Arena
Wed 17 June: London, UK, The O2
Thu 18 June: London, UK, The O2
Sat 20 June: London, UK, The O2
Sun 21 June: London, UK, The O2 Arena
Wed 24 June: Berlin, German, Mercedes-Benz Arena
Fri 26 June: Cologne, Germany, Lanxess Arena
Sun 28 June: Zurich, Switzerland, Hallenstadion
Mon 29 June: Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle
Wed 1 July: Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena
Thu 2 July: Copenhagen, Denmark, Royal Arena
Tue 7 July: Madrid, Spain, Wiznik Centre
Wed 8 July: Madrid, Spain, Wiznik Centre.