Queen, Adam Lambert team up again for 2019 “Rhapsody” tour
Bohemian Rhapsody, the film about Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury, became the second highest grossing music biopic in its first weekend. This week, it finally snagged No. 1, surpassing N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
As a result, it’s really no surprise Queen would recruit Adam Lambert for vocal duties yet again and set out on a North American tour this summer.
Lambert will join remaining co-founders, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, for a 23-date run.
“This is a great opportunity,” May says. “Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America!” Taylor added, “We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.”
Lambert auditioned for American Idol’s eighth season in 2009 by singing “Bohemian Rhapsody.” While he was runner-up, he performed with Queen for the first time at the show’s finale. Lambert joined the duo, winner Kris Allen and other contestants for a rendition of “We Are The Champions.”
General tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. local time via Live Nation. Queen and Adam Lambert fan club presales begin Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
07/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
07/12 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
07/14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
07/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
07/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
07/23 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/27 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
07/30 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
07/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
08/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
08/04 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
08/06 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
08/09 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/10 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
08/13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
08/15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
08/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
08/18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
08/20 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
08/22 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
08/23 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Adam Lambert in Bohemian Rhapsody
Lambert makes a super brief cameo in Bohemian Rhapsody. During an interview from the film’s premiere, Lambert told Access that his appearance is “very, very mysterious.”
Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot the singer during the film, a brief moment that takes place while Mercury (played by Rami Malek) is at a truck stop on Queen’s first-ever North American tour.
Lambert can be seen in the background of the shot while Mercury calls his then-fiance from a pay phone. According to Billboard, he’s playing “a suitor waiting for a public restroom hookup.”
Lambert has been on tour with Queen for the past six years. The singer told Billboard he “became obsessed with Mercury in his early 20s.”
“Musically, I loved his attack: He was very aggressive and seemed in control of everything he was singing. Later, seeing some live performances [on video], it was also his stage presence, the way he was so over the top,” Lambert said.
“I knew he meant to be campy and wild to entertain people. I identified with that in him very quickly.”