A new show will hit the arenas of the land
Julian Marszalek
12:56 18th April 2017

Queen + Adam Lambert have announced details of 12 arena concerts in the UK and Ireland. The band have promised to showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.

These shows will mark the band’s first full British tour in almost three years and the band will unveil a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production.

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. 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.”

Guitarist Brian May 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 said, “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 Lambert, 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.”

Singer Adam Lambert added: “I am very excited.”

Queen + Adam Lambert play:

November

25 - 3 Arena, Dublin
26 - SSE Arena, Belfast
28 - Echo Arena, Liverpool
30 - Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

December

1 - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
3 - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
5 - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
6 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
8 - Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
9 - Arena, Manchester
12 - O2 Arena, London
15 - The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
Tickets are priced £69 for general admission standing and £79 for reserved seating and go on sale at 10am, April 19 here .

Many happy returns, John Deacon

  • You're a bassist. You've just joined a band and you can't wait to spot your name on the debut album that you've been working tirelessly on. But wait - it's been altered to make you "sound more interesting". That was the reason given by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor for listing the bassist as 'Deacon John' on the record's sleeve notes. To be honest, they had a point - but his name has been written correctly on every album since.

  • While many fans know that Brian May attained a PHD in astrophysics, he also boasted the title of "science team collaborator" on NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. In the aftermath of the historic flyby, May admitted he was thrilled to be present. "You have inspired the world. Thank you", he told the team. If sealing your place in space exploration history wasn't enough, being complimented by one of the greatest guitarists of all time should do nicely.

  • Have many iconic music videos have been filmed in your back garden? If you're Roger Taylor, two. According to various rumours, the videos for 'I Want It All' and 'Spread Your Wings' were recorded on his grounds. That's some house party, Roger.

  • Queen wasn't the rock god's first band. At school, he formed 1984, named after George Orwell's novel of the same name, with vocalist and bassist Tim Staffell. The pair later became Smile and led to May's first meeting with Roger Taylor. These things have a mysterious way of working out, don't they?

  • After previously admitting that he could not compete with the three strong singers in the band, John Deacon finally received his own microphone on the Sheer Heart Attack headlining tour - but it was only to capture the one note he plays on the triangle during Killer Queen.

  • In somewhat unsurprising news, Rufus Taylor, son of Roger, is a pretty accomplished drummer. It was a little more unexpected, however, that The Darkness announced he was joining earlier this year. Like father, like son, although we're not sure The Darkness will ever be mentioned in the same breath as Queen.

  • Brian May has become legendary for his playing style and shirking of using the traditional plastic plectrum, instead opting to unleash those iconic riffs with the pieces of shrapnel left in his wallet. That's right, coins. And his preferred value of choice? A sixpence, obviously. May is known for always carrying them in his pocket, just in case.

  • Aside from being a terrifically steadfast bassist, John Deacon is a trained electronics engineer and built much of the equipment that the band used himself. The Deacy Amp, perhaps his most famous invention, was built from an abandoned circuit board unearthed in a skip.

  • We're guessing there's plenty of room in Roger Taylor's garden, as last year he was accused of pinching a Freddie Mercury statue from the lobby of the theatre that housed We Will Rock You. According to the show's writer Ben Elton, Brian May was "not happy".

  • Between sporadically touring with Queen and Adam Lambert, what does Brian May like to do with his free time? Well, if his Twitter is anything to go by, he enjoys toiling away on Minecraft. Much of his feed is clogged by retweets of follower's creations - and he's extremely complimentary if you send him something good. He described this piece as "incredible".


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