Queen + Adam Lambert have announced a series of 24 European shows for November and December 2017. These shows include 12 arena concerts in the UK and Ireland.
The UK and Ireland leg of the tour is due to kick off at Dublin’s 3 Arena on 25 November. The band then play Belfast’s SSE Arena the following night, before their mainland UK dates begin at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Tuesday, 28 November.
More dates follow in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. The British leg then climaxes with two huge London shows at the O2 Arena on 12 December and The SSE Arena on 15 December. Tickets are on general sale from Friday 21 April at 10am local time, though pre-sales begin two days earlier.
Queen + Adam Lambert’s last UK appearance was their one-off headlining show at the 2016 Isle Of Wight Festival, which promoter John Giddings described as “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. An updated setlist will no doubt acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-studio album, News Of The World which yielded the evergreen anthems ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’.
Guitarist Brian May confirms the forthcoming shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda.
“The general public knows the hits, so we’ve got to cater for that,” he says. “But we can chuck in a few thing that people don’t really expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around.”
Adam Lambert also welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s canon of classics.
“We thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a little bit,” he explains. “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.”
Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk