Queen + Adam Lambert: Rhapsody Tour coming to the UK in 2021
UPDATE: Queen + Adam have confirmed that they will touring the UK in June 2021, rescheduled from June 2020 — keep scrolling to see the dates, venues and how to get tickets.
Fans of legendary rock band Queen should already know they have been performing with American singer Adam Lambert as part of their Rhapsody World Tour — and they also announced a tour in the UK! This would make sense given that longtime guitarist Brian May hinted at a new album from the British band on his Instagram @brianmayforreal.
He wrote in the post's caption, “These images are a little soft - it’s because I took them from a video message I made for an ad - which you might see later - for an album - to be announced later !! With love - Bri”.
Fans immediately took to social media post’s comments to respond, with many writing things like “AN ALBUM” and “NEW ALBUM”. The group’s popularity has seen a massive resurgence globally following the success of the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, centred around their late and legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. In August 2020 the band announced they will release their first ever album with Adam Lambert on the 2nd of October: ' Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around The World'.
Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody Tour has completed its first leg in 2019, with 25 shows across the US and Canada. Their last show was at the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte, North Caroline on 24 August. They were supposed to bring their tour to Europe and the UK in summer 2020 but due to the covid-19 restriction the whole tour is now rescheduled to 2021. This gave the artists time to work on the upcoming album.
In an Instagram video, May shared, “It’s the last show. It’s very strange y’ know. Cause you’re kinda yearning for home for two months and then when this moment comes it’s strange because y’ know you’re gonna miss all of this really badly. And here it is for the last time!”
It’s clear that Queen + Adam Lambert love touring together and are looking forward to perform in the band’s homeland of the UK. The group formed in London in 1970 with Freddie Mercury as the frontman and on the piano, joined by May on the guitar and vocals, Roger Taylor on drums and vocals, and John Deacon on bass guitar. Having experience massive success, they are the champions of record sales — with estimates ranging from 105 to 300 million units sold in total.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Queen + Adam Lambert ahead of the their 2021 Rhapsody UK tour.
When is the Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody UK tour?
The Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody Tour will be coming to the UK in June 2021. The 14 dates will be split across London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Queen + Adam Lambert 2021 UK tour dates:
- 1 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 2 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 4 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 5 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 7 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 8 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 10 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
- 11 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
- 13 June — Utilita Arena, Birmingham
- 14 June — Utilita Arena, Birmingham
- 16 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 17 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 19 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 20 June — The O2 Arena, London
They have been performing together on-and-off since 2011. Lambert also has recently released solo music with his last album Velvet, in two parts, with the first out in September 2019 and the second in March 2020. Alongside the Rhapsody Tour, he has been promoting the lead single “New Eyes” with performances on shows like “Ellen” and his alma mater, “American Idol”.
Is Adam Lambert part of Queen?
No, Adam Lambert is not a member of Queen. Of the group’s original players, the current lineup officially only includes Brian May and Roger Taylor. However, Lambert has been touring with the band since 2014 and Queen + Adam Lambert functions as its own entity now.
Lambert first sang with Queen on series eight of “American Idol” in 2009, on which he was a contestant. May had reportedly become interested in him replacing frontman Paul Rodgers after seeing the young talent sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” on his audition tape.
After the reality programme, they all next performed together at the MTV Europe Awards in Belfast in 2011 followed by their first full concert as Queen + Adam Lambert in Kiev in 2012. This was followed by a mini-tour and the rest is rock music history.
Queen + Adam Lambert performed at the 91st Academy Awards on 24 February 2019 — opening the Oscars with a medley of the band’s classics “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. Rami Malek would go on to win the Best Actor prize for his performance as the group’s original lead singer, Freddie Mercury, in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Besides being a critical hit, the biopic grossed over $900 million worldwide.
Is there a Queen musical?
Yes, there is a Queen-inspired musical featuring the band’s biggest hits, titled “We Will Rock You”. The theatre show originally premiered on the London West End in 2002 and has since been performed to fans around the world, from Australia to America to Africa — and multiple UK tours.
The Musical is expected to tour again in the UK across different cities from January to May 2021.
Is there a Queen + Adam Lambert documentary?
Yes, 'The Show Must Go On' Was released on Netflix in June 2020. Filmed after the success of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' it tells the story of how former American Idol Adam Lambert joined Queen and helped sharing their music with a new generation of fans. It features interviews with actor Rami Malek, who played Mercury in the film, American Idol and X-Factor‘s judge Simon Cowell and the band members, covering the major plot points in between the tragic death of Freddie Mercury and their current revival, with plenty of performance footage along the way.