Queen + Adam Lambert coming to O2 Arena Prague
Prague is the first stop on the European leg of the new tour
Even though lead singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991, the music of Queen just gets more and more popular. Fans will get a chance to see remaining Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor with new singer Adam Lambert performing the classic songs at Prague's O2 Arena on Nov. 1, 2017. Tickets go on sale at 10 am April 19 for Live Nation club members and at 10 am April 21 to the general public.
The 21-date European tour, which starts in Prague and wraps up in Ireland and the UK in December, follows on a 26-date North American tour.
This will be a new show with new staging and production, and the tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of the album News of the World, the band's sixth and biggest selling studio album. It includes the hits “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” as well as “Sheer Heart Attack.”
Queen drummer Roger Taylor said the 2017 tour will look entirely different to the show they took around before. “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 percent 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,” he said in press release.
Guitarist Brian May said the show will have a more ambitious set list. “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. 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,” May said.
Adam Lambert is looking forward to expanding the repertoire. “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, 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 catalog which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about,” he said.
Queen was last in Prague with Lambert on Feb. 17, 2015, on the A Once in a Lifetime Experience Tour. They played 28 songs culminating in Freddie Mercury's vocals being woven into “Bohemian Rhapsody” before an encore or “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”
Lambert admitted on stage that he is not Freddie Mercury and can't hope to fill his shoes but that without a new singer the music can't be performed live with some of the remaining original members.
Aside from Lambert, May and Taylor the touring band includes Spike Edney on keyboards and vocals, and Neil Fairclough on bass and vocals. Original Queen bassist John Deacon has retired and does not participate in tours. He currently prefer to guard his privacy.
Lambert first performed with the two Queen members in 2009 on the TV show American Idol and then again on the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. They had a short tour in 2012 and then in 2014–15 they began touring more extensively. Previous to the collaboration with Lambert, the two Queen members toured with Paul Rodgers, the former frontman of Free, Bad Company, the Firm and the Law, from 2004 to '09.
Brian May, CBE, aside from being a rock star, has a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London and was chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. He also collaborated with NASA's New Horizons Pluto mission and is interested in 3D imaging.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/AdamLambert or www.livenation.cz
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