Monday, December 3, 2018

Queen + Adam Lambert North American tour in 2019

I was happy to finally see Queen live when I reviewed their LA gig a few years ago:

Hopefully, I'll be able to catch them again next year. Read below for tour dates and catch up on what's been happening lately...

With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody – the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie that is the biggest grossing music biopic of all time, longtime fans and recent converts can see Queen – original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, teaming up once more with longtime front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals – in their return to North America next year.

The arena and stadium Rhapsody tour is set to run in July and August. Tickets for the Rhapsody tour go on sale to the general public starting Dec. 7 at at 10AM local time. Queen and Adam Lambert Fan Club Pre-sales will run from 10AM local time through 10PM local time on Dec. 6.

Going under the Rhapsody header, the six-week tour will debut a new production. Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

The tour follows a run of 10 sold-out shows at the MGM Park Theater, Las Vegas in September 2018 and will kick off at Vancouver Rogers Arena. Stop-offs include some of the most history-packed venues in the US and Canada, including The Forum in Los Angeles (the last venue the original line-up played in North America on September 15, 1982) and New York City’s Madison Square Garden (the site of past Queen glories, including a memorable performance from Queen + Adam Lambert on July 17, 2014).

Announcing their Rhapsody tour Roger Taylor said: "We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.”

Adam Lambert said: “We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will re-frame these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!”

Brian May added: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America! "

Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol finale. Their first full show together was to a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical success.

Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion.

On this Rhapsody tour, the band will unveil a stage show collaboration with the creative partners behind the News Of The World 2017 tour – Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architects handling set design; Rob Sinclair on lighting design; and Sam Pattinson of Treatment Studio behind the video content.

Queen + Adam Lambert completed their first North American tour together, festival headline slots in Asia and a sold-out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, leading to them being Band Of The Year at the 10th annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards and Best Live Band Of The Year in Ultimate Classic Rock’s Reader’s Poll.

In early 2015, they embarked upon their first full European tour together, including two nights at London’s O2 Arena and in September of that year they hit South America, with a headline appearance at Brazil’s Rock In Rio festival seeing them rock a crowd of more than 80,000 people. 2016 saw more enormous headline slots, with a set at the legendary Isle Of Wight Festival. They continued in 2017/2018 with full tours of North America, Australia and New Zealand, and Europe. Their run of UK dates earlier this year sold out in less than half an hour.
20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts in excess of $500 million.

It also saw Queen back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart. In the US, the band scored its highest-charting album in 38 years with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Hollywood Records), which went from No. 25 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart on November 17, reached the top of the Billboard Rock Albums chart and Spotify’s most streamed artist in the world for the week ending November 22.

In the same week, Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol I, II & III: The Platinum Collection moved from No. 194 to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and they had 22 songs charting on the Digital Rock Tracks chart including seven of the Top 10.

In the UK the release of Bohemian Rhapsody has also given a healthy boost to Queen's music on streaming services. Rhapsody remains their most popular, with 50.4 million streams, followed by Don’t Stop Me Now on 46.1 million plays.

North America 2019:

Wed Jul 10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Fri Jul 12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Sun Jul 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Tue Jul 16 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Fri Jul 19 Inglewood, CA Forum
Tue Jul 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Wed Jul 24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sat Jul 27 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
Sun Jul 28 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
Tue Jul 30 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
Wed Jul 31 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Sat Aug 03 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sun Aug 04 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Tue Aug 06 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Fri Aug 09 Chicago, IL United Center
Sat Aug 10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Tue Aug 13 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Thu Aug 15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Sat Aug 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
Sun Aug 18 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Tue Aug 20 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Thu Aug 22 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
Fri Aug 23 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center

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