Added on 08-Oct-2008
Having completed the first leg of its extensive European tour which has seen the band play 15 sold-out dates across nine countries including Russia, Latvia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the Queen + Paul Rodgers Cosmos Rocks tour now heads for the UK opening the first of 11 concerts this Friday, October 10 at Nottingham Trent Arena. The UK tour, which sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale, includes three London dates, the first of which is 02 Arena this coming Monday, October 13.Back on the road for the first time since they toured together in 2005, and with a first studio album recorded together â€“ The Cosmos Rocks â€“ under their belt, Queen + Paul Rodgers hit the road in spectacular fashion. Before starting their tour in Moscow, the band played a special one off concert for HIV AIDS awareness in the Ukraine with a free open air concert in Kharkovâ€™s Freedom Square. Playing for the Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation which campaigns for greater public and institutional efforts to tackle AIDS in the Ukraine, Queen + Paul Rodgers drew a record crowd of more than 350,000 to see them play a special two hour set under the campaign banner â€œDonâ€™t let AIDS ruin your lifeâ€. Taking the message to an even wider audience, a record 10 million more Ukrainians watched the show live on television. In a remarkably fast turn-around, a cinema version of that historic AIDS concert is to be seen in US cinemas next month. Called Let the Cosmos Rock â€“ Queen + Paul Rodgers Live from the Ukraine the film will be a cinema event held in over four-hundred movie theatres across the US from November 6th. The film will then play in cinemas across the UK and Europe in the lead up to World AIDS Day, December 1.The tour has been marked with other newsworthy moments â€“ such as when Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis traded his state seat for one behind Roger Taylorâ€™s drum kit when he joined the band on stage at its Riga concert to perform with Brian May and Paul Rodgers on the song All Right Now to the total surprise of the 12,000 capacity Riga Arena crowd.We can only wonder at what similar surprises might lay ahead for UK audiences.Queen + Paul Rodgers Sold Out UK Dates:These dates are followed by further concerts in Europe before Queen + Paul Rodgers move on to Latin America to play concerts in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, the first Queen concerts in Latin America since the bandâ€™s Gluttons For Punishment tour in 1981 and the historic Rock In Rio concerts in 1985.The new Queen + Paul Rodgers album The Cosmos Rocks was released by EMI Records on September 15.