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Queen are one of the most famous and iconic stadium rock bands the world has ever seen. Originally fronted by the charismatic Freddie Mercury, they have produced anthems such as We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You along with the unmistakable Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen have recorded countless No. 1 albums and singles and their estimated worldwide sales are upwards of 200 million, making them among the biggest selling artists of all time.
The original line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed in London in 1970. The band enjoyed success across the UK with albums Queen and Queen II, but they found international fame with the release of Sheer Heart Attack in 1974. While their first two albums were more traditional prog-rock or heavy metal in style, Sheer Heart Attack and its even more popular follow-up A Night At The Opera were much more versatile albums. The music was more experimental and more fun, striking a chord with fans everywhere. The monster hit Bohemian Rhapsody stayed at No. 1 in the UK charts for nine weeks and became a worldwide hit.
From the late seventies to the late eighties, Queen continued to release acclaimed and successful albums such as News Of The World in 1977, Flash Gordon movie soundtrack in 1980, The Works in 1984 and A Kind Of Magic in 1986. After the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991 the remaining band members re-released Bohemian Rhapsody in Freddie's memory and raised over one million pounds for charity while reaching No. 1 for an unprecedented fourth separate occasion in the UK. In more recent years, Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to keep the Queen experience alive, often working with Adam Lambert and other guest frontmen across the world.
Now, Queen + Adam Lambert have confirmed that they’ll be bringing their hugely anticipated Rhapsody concert experience to the UK next summer. The newly announced dates will see the legendary band take to The O2, London for five nights between 2-9 June 2020, before heading north for a date at Manchester Arena on 11 June 2020.
The UK leg of the Rhapsody tour will feature original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor team up with longtime frontman Adam Lambert, who first started performing with the band in June 2012. The band’s line up for the tour will be completed by keyboard player Spike Edney, bass player Neil Fairclough and percussionist Tyler Warren.
The tour announcement comes as the band are attracting a whole new generation of fans, finding Queen’s music through the recent Box Office smash Bohemian Rhapsody. The highest-grossing biopic of all time, the film also saw lead actor Rami Malek take home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury.
Last updated: September, 2019