Queen, Rodgers Reveal 2006 Tour Plans

Queen + Paul Rodgers have revealed plans for a six-week North American arena tour next spring, beginning March 3 in Miami and running through April 13 in Vancouver. The group tested the waters on this

Queen + Paul Rodgers have revealed plans for a six-week North American arena tour next spring, beginning March 3 in Miami and running through April 13 in Vancouver. The group tested the waters on this side of the Atlantic with single fall gigs in East Rutherford, N.J., and Los Angeles, after completing a successful tour internationally.

In October, the group, which features Rodgers filling in for the late Freddie Mercury, issued the live collection "Return of the Champions." The double-disc set debuted at No. 13 in the United Kingdom and No. 84 on The Billboard 200.

Presales for some 2006 shows begin today (Nov. 30). Yesterday, guitarist Brian May took to his official Web site to address some fan concerns about the price of tickets for the upcoming shows, which top out at around $200.

"Well, I sympathize, guys, but I know our tickets are nowhere near as expensive as the Stones, or Elton, or whatever (they COULD be!)," he wrote. "People are under no obligation to buy these things! We've made a decision to work indoors rather than outdoors, so that the fans get a better show. Most bands elect to go out and do the 'sheds' in the summer to make money. This is about doing the maximum show that is possible, in arenas, which are conducive to a show of the magnitude of ours. Of course the capacities are less this way, so ticket prices will be higher. But, sound-wise, view-wise and show-wise, I'll personally guarantee it will be worth it!"

In related news, Hollywood last week released a 30th anniversary edition of Queen's 1975 album "A Night at the Opera," featuring a bonus DVD.

Here are Queen + Paul Rodgers' tour dates:

March 3: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
March 5: Jacksonville, Fla. (Veterans Memorial Arena)
March 7: Duluth, Ga. (Gwinnett Center)
March 9: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
March 10: Worcester, Mass. (DCU Center)
March 12: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
March 14: Philadelphia (Wachovia Spectrum)
March 16: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
March 17: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
March 20: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
March 21: Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)
March 23: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
March 24: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
March 26: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
March 27: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
March 31: Glendale, Ariz. (Glendale Arena)
April 1: San Diego (Cox Arena)
April 3: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)
April 5: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion)
April 7: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
April 10: Seattle (KeyArena)
April 11: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
April 13: Vancouver (Pacific Coliseum)