News: Queen and Adam Lambert Announce 2017 European Tour
Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, Queen + Adam Lambert today revealed further live plans for 2017 which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 25 dates including 12 arena concerts in the UK and Ireland. The tour will showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.
Queen + Adam Lambert’s 11-city UK and Ireland tour will kick off in Dublin on 25th November. They perform in Belfast in Northern Ireland the following day, then reach mainland Britain on 28th November to play Liverpool’s Echo Arena. More dates follow in Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, climaxing with two huge London shows at the O2 Arena on 12th December and The SSE Arena, Wembley, on 15th December. Tickets will be on general sale from Friday 21st April, with pre-sales starting two days earlier, Wednesday 19th April. The tour is presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainments.
These shows will mark the band’s first full British tour in almost three years, having last performed across the UK in January 2015 when they played 10 sold out shows. Their only UK appearance in 2016 was a one-off headlining set at the closing night of the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 12th June, part of a 15-date European summer festival tour. Isle of Wight festival organiser John Giddings credited the band with “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. 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”.
Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the 2017 tour “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 we had hits was just a byproduct.”
Queen + Adam Lambert’s magnificent 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 as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Dates 2017:
Wed 1st November – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Thu 2nd November – Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Sat 4th November – Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
Mon 6th November – Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
Wed 8th November – Stadhalle, Vienna, Austria
Fri 10th November – Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Sun 12th November – Amneville Galaxie, Luxembourg
Mon 13th November – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fri 17th November – Zalgiris Arena, Kaunas, Lithuania
UK & IRELAND
Sat 25th November – 3 Arena, Dublin
Sun 26th November – SSE Arena, Belfast
Tue 28th November – Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thu 30th November – Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Fri 1st December – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Sun 3rd December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Tue 5th December – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Wed 6th December – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Fri 8th December – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Sat 9th December – Arena, Manchester
Tue 12th December – O2 Arena, London
Fri 15th December – The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
Tickets will go on general sale beginning Friday 21st April at 10am local time through www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Ticketmaster pre-sale from Thursday 20th April across Ticketmaster UK site.
Ticket purchases limited to six per person.