Yesterday it was rumoured former Beatle Paul McCartney might be touring Australia later this year. Today, Queen + Adam Lambert confirmed a five-city arena tour in February and March 2018.
But will this tour include a Hunter Valley concert?
The timing is just right for an outdoor gig.
Queen + Adam Lambert toured Australia in 2014 to sold-out arena shows and this time, will grace Adelaide with their presence for the first time in more than three decades.
This year it is the 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-selling studio album to date, News of the World from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions.
For their 2018 tour the band will unveil a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production.
“The 2018 show will look entirely different to the show we took around before,” Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor said.
“Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don’t use it all. We don’t play to click track. It’s 100 per cent live.
“We’re planning on doing stuff we either haven’t done before or haven’t done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that’s what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct.”
Guitarist Brian May said Queen’s 2018 shows would have a more ambitious musical agenda.
“The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that, but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect,” he explained.
“We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more.”
Adam Lambert welcomed the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s back catalogue. And it’s not an easy task to fill late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s shoes.
“What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit,” he said.
“Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about.”
Queen’s touring show has been tailored for the band by some of the world’s most cutting-edge creative talents. Responsible for design and production is Ric Lipson from Entertainment Architects Stufish Productions, renowned worldwide for their innovative work with artists such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and U2, as well the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Making use of more than 300 moving lights during the show is designer Rob Sinclair, who has illuminated tours for major artists including Adele, Peter Gabriel and Kylie Minogue. The production’s laser elements are the work of ER Productions, behind both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics and seen by more than 900 million people worldwide.
On the musical side, the Queen + Adam Lambert touring band also features Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass and Tyler Warren on percussion.
Since first sharing the stage for the American Idol final in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert have proved to be a hugely successful global partnership, having now played more than 90 shows in every corner of the world. In summer 2012 they played their first full live shows across Europe, making their official debut in front of half a million people in Kiev.
When Queen + Adam Lambert played their first North American tour in 2014 they were crowned Band of the Year at the 10th annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards and Best Live Band of the Year in Ultimate Classic Rock’s reader’s poll. This critically acclaimed tour was followed in 2014 with massive summer festivals in South Korea and Japan, and a sold-out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The following year proved logistically challenging for the band with 24 more sold-out dates in 10 countries. In summer 2016 Queen + Adam Lambert headlined 15 more European festival shows beginning with Portugal’s Rock in Rio Lisbon, where they played to 74,000 people on opening night, followed by an extensive arena tour across Asia including three nights at Tokyo’s famed Budokan.
Queen + Adam Lambert’s Australian tour dates are:
SYDNEY – Wednesday 21 February at Qudos Bank Arena, ticketek.com.au
BRISBANE – Saturday 24 February at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, ticketek.com.au
ADELAIDE – Tuesday 27 February at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, ticketek.com.au
MELBOURNE – Friday 2 March at Rod Laver Arena, ticketek.com.au
PERTH – Tuesday 6 March at Perth Arena, ticketek.com.au
Tickets for the five-city tour go on sale on Friday, June 23 at 10am (local time).
Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert’s Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, June 16 from 10am. Go to telstra.com/queen for details.