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Queen + Adam Lambert announce 21-date European tour

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Queen with Adam Lambert has just announced a major European tour for later this year.

Queen's North American trek kicks off on June 23rd in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena and wraps on August 5th in Houston, Texas at Toyota Center. The European leg, which plays throughout November and December, will hit Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Ireland, and the UK.

Brian May told us that these live Queen revivals, which are led by him and Roger Taylor, are celebrations of the past -- not an effort to replace or top Freddie Mercury's years fronting the band: “Yeah, it was great with Paul Rodgers and I think we all thought we took it a long, long way -- way further than we imagined in the beginning, y’know, we’re still very good friends; but it did come to a natural end and he needs to tend to his career, and stuff. Contrary to what you may think, I think neither Roger or I are desperate, y’know, to do what we did, because we did it, and we’re not always looking for someone to sing for us. Y’know, organically this happened with Adam, and y’know, we just feel good about it. And we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t feel it was right and natural to be doing this.”

Updated: Queen + Adam Lambert tour dates (subject to change):

June 23 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena
June 24 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
June 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 29 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
July 1 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
July 2 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 4 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
July 6 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Arena
July 8 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center
July 9 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
July 13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 14 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 17 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
July 18 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
July 20 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
July 23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
July 25 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
July 26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
July 28 - New York, NY - Barclays Center
July 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
July 31 - Washington D.C. - Verizon Center
August 2 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
August 4 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
August 5 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
November 1 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena     
November 2 - Munich, Germany - Olympic Hall     
November 4 - Budapest, Hungary - BudapestArena     
November 6 - Lodz, Poland - Atlas Arena     
November 8 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle     
November 10 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena     
November 12 - Amneville, France - Sem Amneville Galaxie   
November 13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome     
November 17 - Kaunas, Lithuania - Zalgiris Arena     
November 25 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena     
November 26 -  Belfast, Northern Ireland - The SSE Arena, Belfast     
November 28 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena     
November 30 - Birmingham, England - Barclaycard Arena     
December 1 - Newcastle upon Tyne, England - Metro Radio Arena     
December 3 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro     
December 5 - Nottingham, England - The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham  
December 6 - Leeds, England - First Direct Arena     
December 8 - Sheffield, England - Sheffield Arena     
December 19 - Manchester, England - Manchester Arena 
December 12 - London, England - The O2 - London     
December 15 - London, England - The SSE Arena, Wembley
  
Fast Facts:

Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will star as the late-Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the long delayed Mercury biopic, now titled Bohemian Rhapsody. The film is set to begin filming next year and features the band's Brian May and Roger Taylor serving as music producers.

Back in November, Deadline.com reported that famed X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer is in talks to direct the film, which is now in its eighth year of pre-production after suffering numerous starts and stops -- most notably the loss of the project's original lead, Borat star, Sacha Baron Cohen.

Side Notes:

Out now is Queen’s latest compilation, titled, Queen Forever. The set features three previously unreleased Freddie Mercury songs, including the duet with Michael Jackson -- "There Must Be More To Life Than This" -- recorded in the months before Jackson kick-started the sessions that became his blockbuster Thriller album.

Queen Forever, also features the previously unfinished outtake "Let Me In Your Heart Again," which was begun during sessions for 1984’s The Works, a ballad version of "Love Kills” from that same year, which Freddie Mercury co-wrote with producer Giorgio Morroder for his restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, and featured on the soundtrack in an upbeat dance version.

The rest of the 20-track single CD and the 36-track double CD set brings together Queen classics and deep album tracks, which guitarist Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits.”


Check it out: Queen + Adam Lambert on December 31at, 2014 performing "Fat Bottom Girls" live in London

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