Added on 28-Nov-2005
Here is the official press release for the Spring US tour.TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN !!
QUEEN RETURN TO ROCK USA
QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS SET 23-DATE TOUR FOR SPRING 2006
Some of rock's greatest anthems are to be heard performed live again across America after more than 20 years, as rock legends Queen, now joined forces with Paul Rodgers, singer and songwriter of Bad Company/Free fame, announce they are to play a 23 date tour of the USA and Canada this coming Spring.
The tour announcement comes only a matter of weeks after Queen and Rodgers ignited sold out box office and strong media attention with two showcase performances at Meadowlands, NJ, and the Hollywood Bowl on a stop-off along the way to their recent sold out Japanese tour.
Away from the North America concert circuit for more than two decades – an enforced retirement brought on by the tragic loss of lead singer Freddie Mercury, Queen with Rodgers will launch into their coast-to-coast tour Friday March 3 in Miami, Fl at the American Airlines Arena.
Spending six weeks on US soil, the band will closely re-route it's triumphant '82 North American tour, bringing it back to the Queen-heartlands: Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Portland, among other US cities, plus Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver, where the tour winds up on April 13, 2006.
Tickets for these much-anticipated shows go on sale earliest December 3 with on sales across the country at different dates up until December 17.
Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster with a Special Presale starting November 30th at http://www.queenpluspaulrodgers.com, http://www.queenonline.com, or http://www.paulrodgers.com
The announcement of this full-time return to touring in the USA by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, with Rodgers now as vocalist, coincides with the 30th anniversary celebrations of the band's history-making single "Bohemian Rhapsody" and its definitive 70's album, "A Night At The Opera".
"A Night At The Opera" was the album which provided Queen with its breakthrough in the USA, where it reached No.1 and remained on the charts for 52 weeks, giving them their first gold record in the States.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" continues to be rediscovered by new generations; the hit movie "Wayne's World" made it a hit all over again in the 1992, and for the current generation, the song has become reality TV's most often selected song among aspiring rock performers.
While Queen was already touring the USA regularly, having made their first appearance before a stateside audience on April 16th 1974 in Denver, performing their one and only tour support (for Mott The Hoople), this, the band's fourth album, propelled them into the super-band status. From here until the final tour of 1982, Queen performed more often in the USA than any other country in the world; in the following two years, Queen would spend more than seven months alone playing American dates.
The early ‘80s saw Queen at their zenith in the USA; firstly the band's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" hit the No.1 spot, then "The Game" album spent five weeks at No.1 on the album chart between September-October 1980, and the single from it "Another One Bites The Dust" topped the singles chart in October, staying there for three weeks, even, unexpectedly, reaching No.2 on the R&B chart. It subsequently won the Favourite Single in the Rock/Pop category at the American Music Awards the following January. The band's great rock anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" continue to echo across sports stadiums throughout America as the perennial favorites at any major season events.
As of this past June, according to the RIAA, Queen had sold more than 31.5 million albums in the United States, ranking them the 50th biggest selling artist in the States. The band's catalogue continues to be much in demand; Queen is consistently a