Queen & Adam Lambert announce UK and European tour dates for 2020!
Having well and truly rocked North America with 25 giant shows across the summer which drew universally ecstatic reviews and played to sold out audiences totalling close to 400,000 spectators, Queen & Adam Lambert have finally announced that they will bring their brand new, hugely anticipated Rhapsody concert experience to UK and Europe audiences next year.
In what will be their first European dates since the worldwide box office sensation that was the Bohemian Rhapsody film, Queen & Adam Lambert today reveal that they will perform 16 shows in England and Europe in spring 2020.
Over the six weeks of this leg on the Rhapsody tour, European audiences will at last have the chance to see the epic new show which has drawn awe and acclaim all through its North American run, and became Rock’s hottest ticket of the year in the USA. Ever the masters of extravagant performance and sumptuous visuals, Queen & Adam Lambert’s newest production is again the work of Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson and lighting designer Rob Sinclair who both have a long-term association with Queen including the most recent eye-popping News Of The World touring show.
Lipson describes the two-and-a-half-hour production as “A new chapter in the history of the band. Once again for them expanding the parameters of what a live music experience can be, this new show delivers the band’s most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”
The tour comes at a time when Queen continue to ride high on the momentum of their box-office-busting, Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, which has introduced their music to new audiences with record-breaking results. Apart from becoming the highest grossing music biopic of all time, in the UK it is also No. 1 biggest selling film of 2019 on home release.
Queen’s original soundtrack to the film has remained high in the UK album chart ever since its November 2018 debut. In the US it became the band’s highest-charting album in 38 years, and Queen sold more albums in North America than any artist in the first half of 2019. The timeless and groundbreaking Bohemian Rhapsody video has reached a historic one billion views on YouTube making it the most viewed music clip of the 20th Century. In addition YouTube views of Don’t Stop Me Now, have just passed the 500 million mark.
Their story is now the subject of the major, new two-hour TV documentary The Show Must Go On: The Queen & Adam Lambert Story, which premiered in US primetime on ABC TV, drawing one of the biggest viewing audiences of the night. With rare concert footage and exclusive, revealing portraits of the band members off stage, The Show Must Go On chronicles Queen and Lambert’s incredible journey since American Idol.
Documenting his humble beginnings and meteoric rise on reality TV to his current place centre stage as frontman of Queen & Adam Lambert, the film features brand new interviews with Lambert, his parents Leila and Eber and Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Also featured are Rami Malek, the Golden Globe and Oscar winner for Best Actor in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. The documentary will premiere in the UK on Friday, October 11th at 10pm on Sky Arts.
The European tour will launch in Italy on May 24th, with its final stop in Denmark on July 1st. Along the way, it will play in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, as well as the UK, where dates will centre around five London shows at the O2 Arena beginning on June 2nd.