Queen, Rodgers Nail Down Reunion Tour
Rodgers and Queen are also seeking fan input to generate the set list for the tour, which will be guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor's first since original lead vocalist Freddie Mercury diedQueen and Paul Rodgers will begin their spring European tour March 28 in London, following a previously announced March 19 appearance at the second 4664 AIDS benefit concert in George, South Africa.
An online pre-sale for members of Queen's fan club is underway now. Tickets for some shows go on sale to the general public tomorrow (Jan. 22). Rodgers and Queen are also seeking fan input to generate the set list for the tour, which will be guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor's first since original lead vocalist Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Original bassist John Deacon will not be a part of the reunion; his replacement has yet to be named.
"I always hoped we would tour again and I'm thrilled we're doing it," Taylor said in a statement. "It feels good and it smells good, and I know we're doing it with the right singer for the right reasons."
"This is really just a warm-up gig -- the serious dates will be when we reappear after our trip around Europe," May said on his official Web site.
May added that the tour is presenting "so many new possibilities. Freddie never sang, for instance, 'Can't Get Enough of Your Love' on any Queen tour, though he might have enjoyed it! And, of course, there were many of our songs which Freddie was never able to perform because of the way things turned out towards the end –- for instance, 'Innuendo', 'I Want It All', 'The Show Must Go On.' The thought occurred: Wouldn't it be great if, just supposing, we did it now?! Personally, I can't wait!"
Queen has put Irish and Scottish dates on hold so Rodgers, the former lead singer of Bad Company and Free, can honor prior solo touring commitments in North America in late May and early June. The band is expected to hit North American in late September or early October.
Here are Queen & Paul Rodgers' tour dates:
March 19: George, South Africa (46664 Concert)
March 28: London (Brixton Academy)
March 30: Paris (Le Zenith)
April 1: Madrid (Palacio de los Deportes)
April 2: Barcelona (Palau Sant Jordi)
April 4: Rome (Palalottomatica)
April 5: Milan (Forum)
April 7: Florence (Nelson Mandela Forum)
April 8: Pesaro, Italy (BPA Palais)
April 10: Basel, Switzerland (St. Jakobshalle)
April 13: Vienna (Stadthalle)
April 14: Munich (Olympiahalle)
April 16: Prague (Sazka Arena)
April 17: Leipzig, Germany (Arena)
April 19: Frankfurt, Germany (Festhalle)
April 20: Antwerp, Belgium (Sport Palais)
April 23: Budapest (Sportarena)
April 25: Dortmund, Germany (Westfalenhalle)
April 26: Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy)
April 28: Hamburg, Germany (Color Line Arena)
April 30: Stockholm (Globe)
May 3: Newcastle, England (Arena)
May 4: Manchester, England (MEN Arena)
May 6: Birmingham, England (N.E.C. Arena)
May 7: Cardiff, Wales (Arena)
May 9: Sheffield, England (Arena)
May 11: London (Wembley Pavilion)