Queen + Adam Lambert Expand ‘Rhapsody’ Tour

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The phenomenal success of Bohemian Rhapsody – the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie earned four Academy Awards and became the biggest grossing music biopic of all time – have led to original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor to expand their tour with longtime frontman Adam Lambert on lead vocals.

They announced last Dec. 3 a return to North America in 2019 with their Rhapsody tour. The 25-date arena run begins July 10 with an all-new production.

On April 17, they announced they’ll be taking the tour to Japan for several dates in 2020. That follows an announcement earlier in the month that they would also be visiting Australia and New Zealand in 2020. Tickets for the Rhapsody tour are on sale here and here.

The tour will “be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music,” said the original tour announcement.

The North American run includes shows at 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. It will wrap August 23.

Brian May said: “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!”

Watch the official tour trailer

More from the original Dec. 3 announcement: Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show together – starting as they meant to go on – thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.

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

The Rhapsody Tour – North America 2019 (Tickets are available here and here)

Jul 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Jul 12 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Jul 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Jul 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Jul 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Jul 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jul 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jul 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Jul 28 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Jul 30 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Jul 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Aug 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Aug 04 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug 07 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Aug 10 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Aug 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Aug 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Aug 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Aug 20 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Aug 23 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

The Rhapsody Tour – 2020

Jan 25 – Tokyo, Japan – Saitama Super Arena
Jan 26 – Tokyo, Japan – Saitama Super Arena
Jan 28 – Osaka, Japan – Kyosera Dome
Jan 30 – Nagoya, Japan – Nagoya Dome
Feb 05 – Wellington, NZ – Westpac Stadium
Feb 07 – Auckland, NZ – Mt Smart Stadium
Feb 10 – Dunedin, NZ – Forsyth Barr Stadium
Feb 13 – Brisbana, Aus – Suncorp Stadium
Feb 15 – Sydney, Aus – ANZ Stadium
Feb 19 – Melbourne, Aus – AAMI Park
Feb 23 – Perth, Aus – Optus Stadium
Feb 26 – Adelaide, Aus – Adelaide Oval
Feb 29 – Gold Coast, Aus – Metricon Stadium

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