Queen + Adam Lambert reschedule UK and European Rhapsody Tour, add new dates

Queen + Adam Lambert reveal the "heartbreak" of having to push back their huge Rhapsody Tour to 2022.

Queen + Adam Lambert reschedule UK and European Rhapsody Tour, add new dates
Emily Carter
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Unfortunately Queen + Adam Lambert's huge Rhapsody Tour has once again been postponed – and it's now been rescheduled for the summer of 2022.

Originally planned for 2020, the shows will (hopefully) now take place next year as the coronavirus pandemic is currently still making massive gigs like this impossible. "Under continuing Europe-wide COVID restrictions there’s no possible way the tour can go ahead as planned for this year," Queen + Adam Lambert say in a joint statement. "The prospect of again not being able to look forward to performing and getting to experience those wonderful audiences is just heartbreaking."

They continue: "We wish to make it clear. None of the shows from 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled, just re-arranged due to COVID-19. We really do hope that as many people as possible who were booked for those original dates in 2020 will still be able to join us for the shows.

"After starting off 2020 with an amazing run of shows playing to audiences of upwards of 50,000 in a single night, the cancellation of the Europe shows that should have followed last summer was a huge disappointment."

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Brian May adds: "Those incredible scenes at those concerts now seem like an impossibly distant dream. One minute we are out in Australia strutting our stuff and interacting with thousands of happy people, next minute we are stuck in the house. We were so lucky to be able to complete that tour, running just ahead of the wave that was about to break on us."

"When we do eventually get to play in front of live audiences it will be with a ferociously renewed attack and we shall revel in the wonderful experience of actually interacting with them again," continues Roger Taylor.

Adam Lambert, meanwhile, says: "It’s so disappointing to have to postpone again, but safety comes first, and we look forward to spring 2022 when we will be back, better than ever."

Catch the Rhapsody Tour at the following dates next year – including two new shows in Glasgow:

May 2022

30 Manchester AO Arena
31 Manchester AO Arena

June 2022

2 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
3 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
5 London The O2
6 London The O2
8 London The O2
9 London The O2
11 Birmingham Utilita Arena
12 Birmingham Utilita Arena
14 London The O2
15 London The O2
17 London The O2
18 London The O2
20 London The O2
21 London The O2
24 Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena
26 Cologne Lanxess Arena
28 Zurich Hallenstadion
29 Munich Olympiahalle

July 2022

1 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
2 Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
6 Madrid Wiznik Centre
7 Madrid Wiznik Centre
11 Bologna Unipol Arena
13 Paris AccorHotels Arena
15 Antwerp Sportspalais
17 Copenhagen Royal Arena
18 Copenhagen Royal Arena

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