Queen and Adam Lambert announce Australian tour dates

Queen and Adam Lambert announce Australian tour dates

Queen have announced their first full tour with frontman Adam Lambert attached, and they will be making their way Down Under with the extravaganza at the end of August, the first time that Queen have been here since 1985.

Lambert, ever aware that he has some HUGE shoes to fill, has been performing with the remaining members of Queen on and off for a few years now. While he is never going to be Freddie Mercury, the reviews he has garnered over the course of those performances have been good ones, with Rolling Stone writing last year "Lambert astounded the audience on songs like We Will Rock You and the closing We Are The Champions and A Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

The band appreciate that Lambert brings something different as well. At the press conference announcing the 30 date North American leg of the tour, guitarist Brian May said; "This happened organically with Adam. People are going to ask whether it's Queen without Freddie. I don't know. We just want to go out there one more time. Adam isn't an imitator. We're going into new territory." Drummer Roger Taylor added; "Adam is the most incredible frontman. He's a great diva, and I mean that in the best possible way. We need that theatrically."

As for the man himself Lambert seems quite happy to play it nice and respectful and look forward to showing Australian audiences that there is a lot more to him than being an 'American Idol' finalist (he has won Grammys for his solo work after all) “The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in Australia is so beautifully surreal. I'm honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory; he's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band.
"I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.”

Tickets for all shows will go onsale May 28 at 10am via ticketek.com.au/queen/

Queen with Adam Lambert tour dates

August 22 - Perth Arena, Perth

August 26 - Allphones Arena, Sydney

August 29 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

September 1 - Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane

Watch: Queen+Adam Lambert 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

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