Queen + Adam Lambert will return to Australia in 2018 for a 5-city tour (including their first Adelaide shows in 3 decades) showcasing a spectacular new stage production and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises.
Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the 2018 tour "will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along."
The 2018 tour will see the band celebrate this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-selling studio album to date, 'News Of The World' from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions'.
Guitarist Brian May confirms Queen’s 2018 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda. "The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that," he says.
"But we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."
Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s canon of classics. "What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big-hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit," he explains.
"Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about."
Queen + Adam Lambert Shows
Wed 21 Feb - Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney)Sat 24 Feb - Brisbane Entertainment CentreTue 27 Feb - Adelaide Entertainment CentreFri 2 Mar - Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne)Tue 6 Mar - Perth Arena