BURBANK, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With a new album in the
pipeline -- the first new studio album to carry the Queen name since the
Freddie Mercury sessions -- Queen is heading back on the road for a
four-month tour, once again in the company of musician/singer/songwriter
Paul Rodgers who joined the band for the highly successful 2005/2006 world
tour, the European leg of which ended with the band's spectacular London
Hyde Park open air concert before going on to play the US and Japan.
In all, the band's tour was attended by more than a million people.
Together Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers have recorded their
first album's worth of material, jointly written and produced. With the
title yet to be disclosed, the album is being readied for release September
1, two weeks ahead of the start of the tour.
The Queen + Paul Rodgers 28-date arena tour will take in 14 countries
in just seven weeks, and take the band to Northern Eurasia, Central and
Southern Europe, and the UK and is expected to wind up at the end of the
year with the band's highly anticipated return to South America, the
setting of some of its most historic tours in the early 80's.
Queen's historic Latin America dates set new world records for the
numbers of the audiences it attracted. At the 1985 Rock in Rio concert the
band played to an unheard of audience of 300,000 and was watched on
television by nearly 200 million people throughout the South American
The 2008 tour kicks off mid-September in Russia with two dates at
Moscow's SCO Olympic Arena, moves on into Poland for a massive free concert
at the historic Gdansk Shipyard, and then follows a path through Germany,
Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands before arriving in
the UK early October for 6 dates including London's 02 Arena on October 13.
The UK dates see the band additionally play Nottingham, Glasgow,
Cardiff and Birmingham with a final UK date at Liverpool Arena on October
18 before continuing on to Spain, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and
Austria for seven further dates.
Tracks on the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album will include 'Say It's Not
True', previously released at the end of last year by Queen + Paul Rodgers
as a special World Aids Day download for Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV AIDS
charity, plus a 'first' for a Queen album -- a cover version. The remaining
tracks are all newly written by May, Taylor and Rodgers during the late
2007/early 2008 recording sessions.
One of these tracks, C-lebrity, will receive a sneak preview when the
band make a by-demand return to the UK's ITV Al Murray's Happy Hour for the
final show on April 4.
Queen's last studio album release was "Made In Heaven" released in
November 1995 containing the last recordings with Freddie. The album became
the band's biggest selling studio album, with world sales in excess of 20
Queen's "Greatest Hits 1" album has achieved the distinction of being
the UK's biggest selling album of all time, having sold a staggering
5,407,587 copies in Britain alone (source: VH1/The Official UK Charts
Company. November 2006).
Paul Rodgers' voice is one of rock's platinum assets and as a
multi-instrumentalist and songwriter as front man of Free and Bad Company
and as a solo artist he has written, produced and recorded some of radio's
Between them, Queen and Paul Rodgers have released more than 50 albums
during their long careers and sold in excess of a staggering 300 million
Tickets for all UK dates will go on sale at venue box offices and usual
ticket agents from Saturday, April 5.
Official UK tour hotline: 08700 11 26 26
Pre-registration is available from Wednesday April 2 at
UK ticket prices: 49.40 pounds, 39.50 pounds (check venues).
A Phil McIntyre Entertainment Tour.
The Cosmos Rocks over Europe at:
EUROPE LEG 1:
Tuesday 16 September Moscow SCO Olympic Arena RUSSIA
Wednesday 17 September Moscow SCO Olympic Arena RUSSIA
Saturday 20 September Gdansk Shipyard POLAND
Sunday 21 September Berlin Velodrom GERMANY
Tuesday 23 September Antwerp Sportspaleis BELGIUM
Wednesday 24 September Paris Bercy FRANCE
Friday 26 September Rome Palalottomatica ITALY
Sunday 28 September Verona Arena ITALY
Monday 29 September Zurich Hallenstadion SWITZERLAND
Wednesday 1 October Munich Olympiahalle GERMANY
Thursday 2 October Mannheim SAP Arena GERMANY
Saturday 4 October Hannover TUI Arena GERMANY
Sunday 5 October Hamburg Color Line Arena GERMANY
Tuesday 7 October Rotterdam Ahoy NETHERLANDS
Friday 10 October Nottingham Arena
Saturday 11 October Glasgow SE&CC
Monday 13 October London 02
Tuesday 14 October Cardiff Arena
Thursday 16 October Birmingham NIA
Saturday 18 October Liverpool Arena
EUROPE LEG 2
Wednesday 22 October Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi SPAIN
Friday 24 October Murcia Estadio Municipal SPAIN
Saturday 25 October Madrid Palacio de Deportes SPAIN
Tuesday 28 October Budapest Sportarena, HUNGARY
Wednesday 29 October Belgrade Arena SERBIA
Friday 31 October Prague 02 Arena CZECH REPUBLIC
Saturday 1 November Vienna Stadthalle AUSTRIA
SOURCE Hollywood Records