A few weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, the Queen + Adam Lambert today unveiled details of more live shows that will see them return to Europe this year for 24 dates in arenas with a new stage and a line-up full of surprises.
The band will make one stop in Italy Friday 10 November at the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno (Bologna). The tour will continue across Europe until mid-December, with a closing show at London's Wembley SSE Arena on 15 December. This will be the band's first concert in Bologna.
I tickets per il concerto all’Unipol Arena saranno disponibili sul official Ticketone circuit (online and points of sale) from dalle 10 di venerdì 21 aprile. Le pre-sales esclusive per i fan club of Queen and of Adam Lambert, invece, saranno attive dalle 10 di domani, 19 aprile.
To prevent the phenomenon of secondary ticketing, for the first time in Italy tickets will be really nominal e non intestati solamente all’acquirente: ciò vale per quelli acquistati sia su Ticketone (online e punti vendita) sia tramite i fan club degli artisti. Sarà possibile acquistare un maximum of 4 tickets per transaction e each ticket must bear the name of the actual concert-goer. Details on the possibility of a name change will be communicated later; in any case, only one change will be possible.
For the 2017 tour, the band will unveil a brand new show that will include a state-of-the-art production design. The choice of setlist will certainly take into account the 40th anniversary of the album by the Queen most successful, News of The World of 1977, which collects the immortal hymns We Will Rock You e We Are The Champions.
The drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor is keen to reiterate that the 2017 tour "it's going to be something completely different from the show we've presented in previous years. The production has changed so much, the technology has really come a long way. It has to be said though that we're not a band that pushes a button to play. It's all live at 100%. We're planning to do things we've never done before, or haven't done for a long time. We started as a studio band, that's what we were. The success of our songs was a side effect."
The guitarist Brian May confirms that the 2017 shows of the Queen will have a more ambitious musical agenda. "The audience knows the hits, so we have to satisfy them," he says, "but we can add something that people don't really expect. We're going to do it a bit more this time. There are a lot of worlds in Adam, which obviously fit our music. He can go wild and rock in a very energetic way, he has a thousand facets to discover."
Adam Lambert accepts the challenge of digging deeper into the band's repertoire of classics. "What people needed to know before they came to one of our concerts a couple of years ago was surely that we'd still be playing the big Queen hits that everyone knows and loves, but we thought we could get back into the game."he explains, "Change it up a bit, update the visuals, take advantage of new technology, vary the set list. We'll probably include a few more songs from Queen's rich discography that we haven't performed before, and I'm really excited about that.".
Il grandioso show 2017 di Queen + Adam Lambert has been tailor-made for the band by some of the most innovative talent. Responsible for design and production is Ric Lipson of Entertainment Architects Stufish Productions, world-renowned for its ground-breaking work for artists such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and U2, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Dopo aver illuminato i tour di star come Adele, Peter Gabriel e Kylie Minogue, Rob Sinclair è l’acclamato lighting designer che avrà il compito di far muovere oltre 300 luci durante lo show. I fantastici elementi laser sono opera di ER Productions, che ha lavorato alle cerimonie di apertura e chiusura delle Olimpiadi di Londra 2012 che sono state viste da oltre 900 milioni di persone in tutto il mondo. Dal punto di vista musicale, la band accoglie tra le sue fila Spike Edney alle tastiere, Neil Fairclough al basso e Tyler Warren alle percussioni.
Since their first time together on stage during the final of American Idol nel maggio 2009, il sodalizio tra i Queen e Adam Lambert si è dimostrato di enorme successo e ha attualmente all’attivo più di 90 concerti in ogni angolo del globo. Durante l’estate del 2012 gli artisti hanno suonato per la prima volta in tutta Europa, facendo il loro spettacolare debutto di fronte a mezzo milione di persone a Kiev.
When the Queen + Adam Lambert embarked on their first tour of North America in 2014 were crowned Band of the Year at the 10th Classic Rock Roll of Honor Awards and Best Live Band of the Year in a poll of Ultimate Classic Rock readers. This critically acclaimed tour was followed by appearances at major summer festivals in South Korea and Japan and a sold out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.
2015 was a busy year for the band, with over 24 sold out concerts in ten countries across Europe including one at the Mediolanum Forum in Assago, a triumphant return of Queen (this time with Adam) to Brazil as headliners at Rock in Rio and to Argentina and Chile. The summer of 2016 saw Queen + Adam Lambert headline 15 other European festivals starting with Rock in Rio Lisboa in Portugal, where they played to 74,000 fans on the first night, followed by Italy's only date in Piazzola sul Brenta and a long tour of Asian arenas including three shows at Tokyo's famous Budokan.
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
Friday 10 November 2017
Casalecchio di Reno (BO), Unipol Arena - via Gino Cervi, 2
Standing room parterre: € 65,00 + prev.
South Stand: € 95.00 + prev.
Numbered Seats: € 75,00 + prev.
Biglietti e VIP packages disponibili su Ticketone (online and points of sale) dalle 10 di venerdì 21 aprile. Be wary of unofficial sales channels!