Queen + Adam Lambert have announced details of their winter European tour. Taking in dates right across the continent, the jaunt kicks off in Dublin at the 3Arena on 25th November, with a stop off in Belfast at the SSE Arena the following night.
The run will see the legendary band return to Europe for twenty-four arena dates (see below) which will showcase a spectacular new stage design including a specially designed state-of-the-art production. The choice of performance material will no doubt acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-selling studio album to date, 'News of the World' from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions'.
Speaking about the dates, Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor says: “[It] will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don’t use it all. We don’t play to click track. It’s 100% live. We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct.”
Guitarist Brian May meanwhile, confirms Queen’s 2017 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda: “The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that,” he says, “but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more.”
Front man Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s canon of classics. “What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit,” he explains. “Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. 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.”
Queen + Adam Lambert’s 2017 touring show has been custom tailored for the band by some of the world’s most cutting-edge creative talents. Responsible for design and production is Ric Lipson from Entertainment Architects Stufish Productions, renowned worldwide for their innovative work with artists such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and U2, as well the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Making use of over 300 moving lights during the show is the highly acclaimed lighting designer Rob Sinclair, who has illuminated tours for major artists including Adele, Peter Gabriel and Kylie Minogue. The production’s genuinely eye-popping laser elements are the work of ER Productions, behind both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics and seen by over 900 million people worldwide.
Since first sharing the stage for the American Idol final in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert have proved to be a hugely successful global partnership, having now played more than 90 shows in every corner of the world. In summer 2012 they played their first full live shows across Europe, making their spectacular official debut in front of half a million people in Kiev.
Tickets for the Belfast date priced from £74 (inc. booking fee) are on sale Friday 21 April from The SSE Arena, Belfast box office (02890 739074), and from Ticketmaster, from 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, and by Telephone (24 Hour): 0844 277 44 55 (ROI: 0818 719300).
Queen + Adam Lambert 2017 European dates.
Sat 25 November Dublin, 3 Arena
Sun 26 November Belfast, SSE Arena
Tue 28 November Liverpool, Echo Arena
Thu 30 November Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Fri 1 December Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Sun 3 December Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Tue 5 December Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Tue 6 December Leeds, First Direct Arena
Fri 8 December Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Sat 9 December Manchester, Arena
Tues 12 December London, 02 Arena
Fri 15 December London, Wembley SSE Arena