Brian May ‘gutted’ Queen and Adam Lambert tour postponed ‘UK action on Covid way too late’

Queen and Adam Lambert announce live album release

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Yesterday Queen and Adam Lambert said they were heartbroken to announce their UK and European tour would be postponed by another year due to the pandemic. Brian May has since posted the new tour dates, including two extra concerts, on his Instagram. The 73-year-old shared his sadness that the band won’t be performing live for even longer.

May wrote: “Yes – sadly we have to postpone again. Gutted.

“But we have rescheduled exactly a year later – and all tickets currently held will be valid – and – we’ve added extra dates !!! Yes … I know.

“It’s not an outcome any of us wanted. But currently humanity is besieged – and the only weapons we have are purely defensive.”

The Queen guitarist then went on criticise the UK government for not going into the first lockdown last March sooner.

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May continued: “It’s a humbling experience – especially if you are unlucky enough to have a Government that did not grasp the seriousness of the situation until it was way too late.

“To those of you in beautiful New Zealand – who are free to walk in the Sun, thanks to the wisdom of the great Jacinda – bless you ! Maybe some day we will be able to join you.

“But we have to be patient. Onwards ! Somehow It’s gonna be ALL RIGHT !!! Bri.”

Queen drummer Roger Taylor also released a statement after the tour was postponed to 2022.

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Taylor wrote on his Instagram: “When we do eventually get to play in front of live audiences it will be with a ferociously renewed attack….. We are disappointed but we WILL be back!”

While singer Lambert added: “It’s so disappointing to have to postpone again, but safety comes first!

“Roger Taylor, Brian May and myself look forward to spring 2022 when we will be back, better than ever!”

Queen and Adam Lambert’s UK and European tour will take place in May to June 2022, but will now kick off in the UK with two shows at the AO Arena Manchester on May 30.

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Queen and Adam Lambert have remained active in lockdown, having released charity single We Are The Champions which they recorded remotely.

While they also released their first album together in Live Around The World, featuring concert highlights including the Live Aid set at Fire Fight Australia.

The record hit UK No 1 and is available in a variety of formats including as a concert movie.

Here’s the full list of Queen and Adam Lambert’s 2022 UK and Europe tour dates:

Queen and Adam Lambert’s The Rhapsody Tour 2022 dates

May 30 – Manchester, AO Arena
May 31 – Manchester, AO Arena
June 2 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro [NEW DATE]
June 3 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro [NEW DATE]
June 5 – London, The O2
June 6 – London, The O2
June 8 – London, The O2
June 9 – London, The O2
June 11 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
June 12 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
June 14 – London, The O2
June 15 – London, The O2
June 17 – London, The O2
June 18 – London, The O2
June 20 – London, The O2
June 21 – London, The O2
June 24 – Berlin, Mercedes–Benz Arena
June 26 – Cologne, Lanxess Arena
June 28 – Zurich, Hallenstadion
June 29 – Munich, Olympiahalle
July 1 – Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
July 2 – Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
July 6 – Madrid, Wiznik Centre
July 7 – Madrid, Wiznik Centre
July 11 – Bologna, Unipol Arena
July 13 – Paris, AccorHotels Arena
July 15 – Antwerp, Sportspalais
July 17 – Copenhagen, Royal Arena
July 18 – Copenhagen, Royal Arena

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