As expected, Queen and Adam Lambert have announced a North American summer tour that will take the legendary rock band and the young-gun singer on a 19-date trek starting June 19 in Chicago.
Joining Lambert will be original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
After the Windy City, Queen and Lambert will hit towns across Canada and the United States at arenas in Toronto, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York, before wrapping up July 20 in Washington, DC. The tour is presented by Live Nation.
On July 5 and 6, the band will return to Las Vegas, where they “stole the show” at last year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. They first performed together in May 2009 on an episode of “American Idol” (Lambert was runner-up on the show’s eight season). They also rocked the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards along with several dates in Russia, Ukraine, Poland and London.
“Queen is one of the quintessential rock bands of all time. They’ve influenced bands for years to come,” Lambert said Thursday morning during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
In a press release announcing the tour, May hinted that this could be the last time North America will see Queen live on this scale, saying “Let’s rock those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!” Lambert called the tour “beautifully surreal” and vowed to honor the memory of original frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991.
“He’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band,” he said.
Ticket begin going on sale Friday, March 14.
Queen + Adam Lambert Dates:
June 19 — Chicago (United Center)
June 21 — Winnipeg (MTS Centre)
June 23 — Saskatoon (Credit Union Centre)
June 24 — Edmonton (Rexall Place)
June 26 — Calgary (Scotiabank Saddledome)
June 28 — Vancouver (Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena)
July 1 — San Jose (SAP Center)
July 3 — Los Angeles (The Forum)
July 5 — Las Vegas (The Joint)
July 6 — Las Vegas (The Joint)
July 9 — Houston (Toyota Center)
July 10 — Dallas (American Airlines Center)
July 12 — Detroit (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
July 13 — Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 14 — Montreal (Bell Centre)
July 16 — Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)
July 17 — New York (Madison Square Garden)
July 19 — Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
July 20 — Washington, DC (Merriweather Post Pavilion)