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Adam Lambert (L) and Brian May of Queen and Adam Lambert perform live on stage at The O2 Arena on July 2 in London.
Weeks after the release of blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen + Adam Lambert announced a The Rhapsody Tour on Monday. The 19-date North American run kicks off July 10, 2019 at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena and concludes Aug. 23, 2019 at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Spectrum Center.
“Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever,” founding guitarist Brian May said in a press release. “So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!”
Lambert, the former American Idol contestant who has toured with Queen founders May and Roger Taylor since 2012, added: “We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!”
Among the stops on their upcoming tour are New York’s Madison Square Garden (Aug. 6) and Inglewood, California’s Forum, where the band’s original lineup performed their final North American show on Sept. 15, 1982.
Queen + Adam Lambert has enjoyed tremendous commercial success since launching. In 2017, the group grossed $52.3 million over 51 shows, and midway through this year they’d accrued $23.9 million over 18 gigs. In September, Queen + Adam Lambert staged a 10-show Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM, selling 37,344 tickets for a gross of $5.93 million.
Former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers performed with Queen from 2005 to 2009, but Lambert’s stint with May and Taylor dates back to 2012, making him the longest-tenured singer to fill the shoes of Mercury, who died in 1991. As with other Queen reunions, bassist John Deacon will not participate in the tour; Spike Edney, Neil Fairclough, and Tyler Warren will round out this tour’s lineup.
Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. local time.