Queen, Adam Lambert plot North American invasion
Adam Lambert and Queen will take to the road this summer for an arena tour that canvases both the U.S. and Canada.
The runner-up of the 8th season of "American Idol" will again join forces with the remaining members of the iconic rock outfit—drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May—beginning with a June 19 performance in Chicago and continuing through a July 28 show in Toronto. In all, 23 major markets have been confirmed, including a July 3 show at The Forum in Los Angeles and a July 17 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
Lambert has performed several times with Queen, including a series of European shows in 2012 and a headlining gig last September at Las Vegas' iHeartRadio Festival.
May acknowledged that Lambert will not be channeling the late frontman Freddie Mercury, but adding his own twist to the classic tunes.
"One of the great things about Adam is he is never an imitator," May told Hollywood Reporter. "He finds his way with the songs. That is what we want. We want our music to be alive and dangerous and still open to change. Every time we work with Adam, we do that."
Lambert most recently released "Trespassing," his sophomore studio set. The 2012 collection, which topped The Billboard 200, will be followed by a third album which Lambert's currently recording in Sweden. No word yet on when that effort will hit retailers.
19 - Chicago, IL - United Center
21 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
23 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
24 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
26 - Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome
28 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
1 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center
3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
5, 6 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
9 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
10 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
12 - Detroit, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
13 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
14 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
16 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
20 - Washington, D.C. - Merriweather Post Pavilion
22 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
23 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
25 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
28 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre