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Added on 19-Mar-2008

With a new album in the pipeline – the first new studio album to carry the Queen name since the Freddie Mercury sessions – Queen is heading back on the road for a four-month tour, once again in the company of musician/singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers who joined the band for the highly successful 2005/2006 world tour, the European leg of which ended with the bands spectacular London Hyde Park open air concert before going on to play the US and Japan.In all, the bands tour was attended by more than a million people.Together Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers have recorded their first albums worth of material, jointly written and produced. With the title yet to be disclosed, the album is being readied for release September 1, two weeks ahead of the start of the tour.The Queen + Paul Rodgers 28-date arena tour will take in 14 countries in just seven weeks, and take the band to Northern Eurasia, Central and Southern Europe, and the UK, and is expected to wind up at the end of the year with the bands highly anticipated return to South America, the setting of some of its most historic tours in the early 80s.Queens historic Latin America dates set new world records for the numbers of the audiences it attracted. At the 1985 Rock in Rio concert the band played to an unheard of audience of 300,000 and was watched on television by nearly 200 million people throughout the South American continent.The 2008 tour kicks off mid-September in Russia with two dates at Moscows


Olympic Arena and then follows a path through Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands before arriving in the UK early October for 6 dates including Londons 02 Arena on October 13.The UK dates see the band additionally play Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham with a final UK date at Liverpool Arena on October 18 before continuing on to Spain, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Austria for seven further dates.Tracks on the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album are all newly written by May, Taylor and Rodgers during the late 2007/ early 2008 recording sessions. Say Its Not True, previously released at the end of last year by Queen + Paul Rodgers as a special World Aids Day download for Nelson Mandelas 46664



charity will be included, plus a first for a Queen album – a cover version.One of these tracks, C-lebrity, will receive a sneak preview when the band make a by-demand return to the UKs


Al Murrays Happy Hour for the final show on April 4.Queens last studio album release was “Made In Heaven�? released in November 1995 containing the last recordings with Freddie. The album became the bands biggest selling studio album, with world sales in excess of 20 million.Queens “Greatest Hits 1” album has achieved the distinction of being the UKs biggest selling album of all time, having sold a staggering 5,407,587 copies in Britain alone (source: VH1/The Official UK Charts Company. November 2006).Paul Rodgers is and has been one of the most sought after and recognizable vocalists in rock music. Celebrating his 40th anniversary as a recording artist, Rodgers is known for his work as a founding member of bands Free, Bad Company, The Firm and as a Grammy nominated solo artist. He has written, produced and recorded some of radios biggest hits including “All Right Now”, “Feel Like Making Love” and “Radioactive” Rodgers latest CD/


release, “Live in Glasgow” charted internationally and was recently certified Gold.Between them, Queen and Paul Rodgers have released more than 50 albums during their long careers and sold in excess of a staggering 300 million records.Tickets for all UK dates will go on sale at venue box offices and usual ticket agents from Saturday April 5.The Cosmos Rocks over Europe at: Source:

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