Queen + Adam Lambert regretfully announced today that their upcoming 27-date UK & European ‘Rhapsody’ tour is being postponed due to the on-going global coronavirus outbreak, though they have successfully rescheduled the dates for 2021.
The 2020 tour was due to start in Italy on 24 May, with the itinerary also including a massive run of 10 London O2 concerts as well as a pair of shows each in Manchester and Birmingham, before further mainland Europe dates were set to conclude with two Madrid shows on 7 and 8 July.
The decision has been made with the safety of our audiences, band, crew and venue staff in mind and with close on 400,000 tickets sold across the tour, was not a decision taken lightly.
The good news for fans is that the band has worked swiftly to reschedule the European ‘Rhapsody’ tour dates and are now able to confirm that the shows are now set for matching or similar dates in 2021. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show dates. Ticket holders are advised to contact their point of purchase for information on ticket exchanges for the 2021 dates.
The postponement comes as a major disappointment for the band having only recently enjoyed performing one of their biggest ever tours with their massively successful six-week stadium tour of South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, playing to audiences reaching up to 60,000 a night. The trek also included a special appearance at the Sydney Fire Fight Australia benefit concert for bushfire relief, for which the band reprised their iconic 22-minute Live Aid set, helping raise $9.5 million to help those affected by Australia’s massive bushfires.
Addressing fans, Brian May said: “We’re very sad to announce the postponement of our summer shows in Europe, although in the present crazy state of the world, it cannot be a surprise to our fans. Those incredible scenes at our concerts just over a month ago now seem like an impossibly distant dream. We were so lucky to be able to complete that tour, running just ahead of the wave that was about to break on us. I know many of our fans are having similar moments of disbelief and bewilderment out there. Of course we would have gone ahead with the dates had it been humanly possible.
“The good news is that we do now have a PLAN B ready to roll. If you hold on to your tickets they will be valid for the rescheduled shows. God willing, we will be there with bells on!”
Drummer Roger Taylor responded to the postponement saying: “We’re all in this together. Devastating! Boringly frustrating! Scary and upsetting! But…pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down…start all over again!!! Be well….take care…coming right back at you as soon as we possibly can!!! Much love…Roger T xxx.”
Singer Adam Lambert added: “I am very disappointed that we won’t be touring Europe as planned, but we have to look after each other and put everyone’s health first. Look forward to getting out there when it’s safe.”
At the same time as making this announcement, the band also highlighted its recently launched their #DontStopUsNow initiative which is aimed at encouraging fan interaction, saying:
“Finally, a thank you from us! Our hearts have been warmed by the growing influx of Queen-inspired videos from fans and supporters from all over the world in recent days. Keep them coming and we will highlight as many as we can across our social channels! #DontStopUsNow.
“We would like to bring the Queen family around the world even CLOSER together”.
Queen + Adam Lambert play the following rescheduled European ‘Rhapsody’ tour dates in 2021:
Sun 23 May: Bologna, Italy Unipol Arena
Wed 26 May: Paris, France AccorHotels Arena
Thu 27 May: Antwerp Belgium Sportspalais
Sat 29 May: Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Sun 30 May: Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
Tue 1 June: London, UK The O2
Wed 2 June: London, UK The O2
Fri 4 June: London, UK The O2
Sat 5 June: London, UK The O2
Mon 7 June: London, UK The O2
Tues 8 June: London, UK The O2
Thu 10 June: Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
Fri 11 June: Manchester UK Manchester Arena
Sun 13 June: Birmingham, UK Utlita Arena
Mon 14 June: Birmingham, UK Utlita Arena
Wed 16 June: London, UK The O2
Thu 17 June: London, UK The O2
Sat 19 June: London, UK The O2
Sun 20 June: London, UK The O2
Thu 24 June: Berlin, German Mercedes-Benz Arena
Sat 26 June: Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena
Mon 28 June: Zurich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
Tue 29 June: Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
Thu 1 July: Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena
Fri 2 July: Copenhagen , Denmark Royal Arena
Tue 6 July: Madrid, Spain Wiznik Centre
Wed 7 July: Madrid, Spain Wiznik Centre.