Thirty years on from the original concerts with Freddie Mercury
Andy Morris

10:29 27th February 2015

Queen + Adam Lambert are to perform in Brazil marking to mark the thirty year anniversary of the band's historic Rock in Rio concerts.

One of Queen's largest ever shows, the band took to the stage at 2am in the pouring rain to play in front of 250,000 people in January 1985 as part of The Works tour. Televised to over 60 countries across the world, Queen’s shows were watched by nearly 200 million people. Queen albums occupied all top ten places in the Brazilian album chart.

Ahead of the event Freddie Mercury - tongue firmly in cheek - announced “We came to South America originally because we were invited down. They wanted four wholesome lads to play some nice music. Now I’d like to buy up the entire continent and install myself as President." After the show (which bizarrely included a televised after show party),  Mercury said of the performance: "It was awe-inspiring and mind boggling to be up their with all those people in the palm of your hand."

Now the band are returning to Brazil, with a brand new frontman in tow. After 67 sold out concerts, Queen and Adam Lambert are performing on the opening night on September 18. Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor said: "How great to be coming back to Rio to rock you even harder than before.” Adam Lambert added: "I'm so excited to be joining Queen at Rock in Rio! This will be a triumphant return for them, and my first time in South America!"  

Rock in Rio founder Roberto Medina explained: “30 years ago, Queen performed in front of 250,000 people who fell in love with the band, and it became one of the most iconic moments of Rock in Rio. I am positive that the moments from 30 years ago will be rejuvenated and rejoiced with Queen + Adam Lambert, making it again a moment no one will ever forget."  

Rio 30 Years takes place 18-20 September  and 24-27 September and tickets are on sale now. Queen join previously announced acts Katy Perry, System of a Down, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, Metallica and John Legend.

Queen and Lambert recently completed a 26 date European tour which ends today (27 February) in Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. They have performed to over 300,000 people.

Read our review of the London show here - described by our writer as  'One of the best concerts this writer has ever experienced at the O2'