With their old, iconic singer now being celebrated on movie screens across the world this fall, the remaining members of Queen are going to return to stages across the world with their new singer next summer, including Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Aug. 10.
Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and their modern Queen lineup will once again tour with Adam Lambert as their vocalist next year. They just completed a 10-show run in Vegas with the “American Idol” alum and have now announced a 23-city North American run starting in late July, an outing they’re calling the Rhapsody Tour to echo the title of both their most revered hit and this year’s hit biopic on the late Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the arena box office. Pre-sale options start Thursday. Promoter Live Nation and Xcel Center reps once again did not issue seat prices, which makes “dynamic pricing” easier at the expense of the ticket-buying public that funded the arena.
After their prior Xcel Center date together in 2017 – which followed a dud of a Queen tour with Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers filling in – our critic Jon Bream said “the hopelessly theatrical Lambert was campy and hammy enough to add the right kind of vibe to suggest Mercury.” The Indianapolis native, 36, first performed with the band while still a contestant on “American Idol” in 2009.