Queen Tour 12/4/18

Hot on the heels of earning the title of the highest grossing musical biopic in movie history, Queen + Adam Lambert have just announced a 23-date North American arena trek dubbed the “Bohemian” tour after the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody movie. Guitarist Brian May said the statement announcing the jaunt: “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!”

Drummer Roger Taylor added: “We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.” Frontman Adam Lambert said: “We have been designing a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!” Queen’s touring lineup is rounded out by keyboardist Spike Edney, bassist Neil Fairclough, and percussionist Tyler Warren.

Adam Lambert admitted that he stepped into pretty big shoes when he agreed to take the stage fronting Queen — a band that had perhaps the most legendary and charismatic frontman with the late-Freddie Mercury[“At first it was a little daunting, when we started our first incarnation of this. I was definitely. . . I was apprehensive. He’s a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, y’know, ‘I hope that the fans dig this,’ y’know? ‘Cause there was a possibility that they wouldn’t. And it felt really good, the reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm. And it’s such a treat to get on stage and pay my respects and pay tribute to one of my favorite singers ever — and to sing some of the greatest music ever written.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . ever written)

With Queen and Lambert’s shows clearly thrilling fans — and even the most hard-nosed critics — we asked Roger Taylor if some studio work between them is a possibility: [“I would hope it would, actually. I think it would be a very interesting experiment, y’know, just to go in and see what came out. I don’t know if it would be an album, or anything. I think it’s too good a marriage to just let it go at touring.”] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . go at touring)

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

July 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
July 12 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
July 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
July 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
July 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
July 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 28 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 30 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
August 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
August 4 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
August 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
August 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
August 10 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
August 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
August 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
August 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
August 20 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
August 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
August 23 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center

SOURCE: Press release

INTERNET COMMENTS via RollingStone.com – agree or disagree:

disqus_PvoF967f42 wrote: “Adam Lambert is nothing more than a copy cat, desperate wannabe. He couldn’t even win a karaoke TV singing show.”

Ray1950 wrote: “All the more reason to respect John Deacon’s decision to walk away in 1997. It looks like he’s the only surviving member of the band who understands that Queen died the day Freddie passed.”

Trouble1968 wrote: “This is not the Queen I want to see or hear. Adam Glambert is far from Freddie.

Martha Bartha wrote: “No Freddie, no Queen.”

6plus12 wrote: “The selfishness of those who want May and Taylor to eternally forgo playing Queen’s music ever again. Queen was just as much Brian’s guitar and Roger’s drums as FM’s voice – long may they perform what they love and have created”

Steve Bold wrote: “I was thinking about going to the last tour and pulled up a video. It was Adam reclining on a fancy coach on the front of the stage. Then he was being super flamboyantly gay. I don’t have a problem with that but I want to see Queen and have their music the focus not Adam and his sexuality so I passed. Maybe that was an outlier but enough to dissuade me from driving a few hours and paying a lot for a tickets (sic). Hopefully this tour is more about the music.”

jwl wrote: “I’d rather see a Freddie-hologram then a live Lambert any day. Adam is a Sam Harris wanna-be… and that’s not a compliment.”