As expected, Queen + Paul Rodgers will embark on a four-month European tour this fall in support of its new as-yet-untitled studio album, scheduled for release in Britain on Sept. 1 via EMI.

As expected, Queen + Paul Rodgers will embark on a four-month European tour this fall in support of its new as-yet-untitled studio album, scheduled for release in Britain on Sept. 1 via EMI.

The Cosmos Rocks Over Europe 28-date arena tour, which visits 14 countries, begins Sept. 16 with a two-night stand at Moscow's SCO Olympic Arena in Russia. The first leg of the trek will visit cities in Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and throughout the United Kingdom. Tickets in Britain will go on sale April 5.

The jaunt's second leg continues through early November with stops in Spain, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Austria. The tour is expected to wrap at the end of 2008 with a visit to South America.

Hollywood Records will release the new album in North America, with a date to be announced. Additionally, tour dates for the United States and Canada are still in the works, according to a label spokesperson.

Last November, Rogers told Billboard.com that he and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor were writing new material individually and "are working towards actually writing together as well."

Queen + Paul Rodgers began touring in 2005 and released a live album and DVD, "Return of the Champions," in 2006 before playing shows in North America.

Queen's last studio, "Made In Heaven" was released in 1995. The set contained the last recordings of the group's late frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.


Additional reporting by Gary Graff, Detroit

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