Queen and their longtime frontman Adam Lambert have announced they’ll be bringing their one-of-a-kind Rhapsody tour to Europe and the UK in 2020.
Following their US stadium tour, Queen’s original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor will be joined by Lambert to bring the hugely anticipated Rhapsody concert experience to UK and Europe audiences with 16 shows in 2020. Tickets will go on sale today, 24 September.
With the unprecedented success of the Queen biopic film, Bohemian Rhapsody, this marks the first time the band will tour in Europe following the release of the film.
“I can’t wait to get back to the UK and Europe,” said Lambert in an official statement. “We had a blast on our last tour, and I am so excited to bring this new show over there!”
Having played to over 400,000 fans at 25 shows throughout North America this summer, Queen continues their victory lap, earning rave reviews for their live performances.
“This is a fearsome new production taking the Queen legacy to a new place and I’m well proud,” said Brian May following the tour announcement.
The Rhapsody tour boasts a brand new stage production, thanks Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson and lighting designer Rob Sinclair.
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 Rhapsody tour announcement comes on the heels of the band’s headlining performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, where Queen will take the stage this Saturday, 28 September on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park, playing to an expected audience of 60,000.
The star-studded festival has been an annual event since 2012, stared by the Global Poverty Project who aims to end extreme poverty by 2030. Queen + Adam Lambert will perform alongside artists such as Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, One Republic, H.E.R and Carole King.
The next leg of the Rhapsody tour will kick off the new year with 17 arena shows across South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand before heading to the UK and Europe in late spring.
The European tour will launch in Italy on 24 May, with stops in Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as the UK, where dates will centre around five London shows at the O2 Arena beginning on 2 June. The tour will then wrap up with a final performance in Denmark on 1 July.
Along with a number of dates at London’s O2 Arena, the band will also play Manchester Arena on 11 June.
Tickets for the Rhapsody tour go on sale to the general public today, 25 September at 9.00am local time.
There will be no pre-sales. View the full tour itinerary below and get more ticket information on their official site.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Rhapsody Tour UK & EUROPE 2020
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 – O2
Wed 3 June – London, UK – O2
Fri 5 June – London, UK – O2
Sat 6 June – London, UK – O2
Tue 9 June – London, UK – O2
Thu 11 June – Manchester, UK – Manchester 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