UPDATE: Queen + Adam Lambert: Rhapsody Tour coming to the UK
UPDATE: Queen + Adam have confirmed that they will touring the UK in 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 rumour has it they could be coming to 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. This would be the perfect time for them to release new material and announce a UK tour.
Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody Tour has just completed its first leg, with 25 shows across the US and Canada. Their last show was at the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte, North Caroline on 24 August — and now they are on a break until January. Come 2020, the “We Are the Champions” band and Lambert will see the second leg of their tour take them to Asia followed by a third jaunt in Australia and New Zealand.
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, so why don’t they set show dates 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.
With 2020 marking Queen’s 50th anniversary, it would be the perfect occasion to launch a UK tour. Rumours began at the end of August when May posted a photo to his Instagram with a caption saying there was a “Big announcement coming today”, though it never seemed to materialise. It’s a hard life with nothing certain, but fans remain optimistic!
Keep reading for everything you need to know about Queen + Adam Lambert ahead of the their rumoured 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 2020. The dates will be split across London and Manchester.
Queen + Adam Lambert 2020 UK tour dates:
- 2 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 3 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 5 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 6 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 9 June — The O2 Arena, London
- 11 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
- 12 June — Manchester Arena, Manchester
They have been performing together on-and-off since 2011. Lambert also has solo music coming out soon; the American singer will be releasing his next album, Velvet, in two parts, with the first due out in September 2019. 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”. This could delay a potential UK run with Queen.
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.
As the Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody Tour wraps its North American leg, “We Will Rock You” has just kicked off a series of performances around the continent. Launching in Winnipeg, Canada, it will run through February 2020.
Don’t want to cross the Pond to hear your favourite Queens hits? Catch a “We Will Rock You” musical show on its 2019 UK tour!