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’QUEEN’ have added extra shows to their 2005 comeback tour, including a huge LONDON show.

As was previously reported, Queen And Paul Rodgers will play a preview show at London Brixton Academy on March 28, before embarking on a massive sold-out arena tour of Europe.

Now the band have added extra dates to the tour in Belfast and Dublin, as well as a summer show in London’s Hyde Park on July 8.

Since the death of singer Freddie Mercury in 1991, Brian May and Roger Taylor have regrouped a number of times for one-off events with singers including Elton John, Robbie Williams and boyband Five.

The addition of Rodgers came about after he performed with guitarist May at the Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary show in London in September. As well as Queen classics, the supergroup will perform songs from Rodgers’ back catalogue like ‘All Right Now’ and ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love’.

Brian May said: “I never thought I would be doing this again. I was always against the idea of putting someone in there trying to impersonate Freddie in any way. Then suddenly I’m looking at this guy who doesn’t in any sense try to take the place of Freddie. He’s nothing like Freddie because he comes from his own place.

“Suddenly I thought, ‘Yes, we can do this’ – we could do one more tour and the songs would mean something new. This would not be like rehashing, trying to pretend Freddie’s still here; suddenly we can reinterpret these songs with someone who understands what he’s about, someone who relates to us. Suddenly it felt right. It’s colossal, and I can’t quite believe it.”

The dates are:

London Brixton Academy (March 28)

Paris Zenith (30)

Madrid Palacio De Deportes (April 1)

Barcelona Sant Jordi (2)

Rome Palalottomatica (4)

Milan Forum (5)

Firenze Mandela Forum (7)

Pesaro Palas (8)

Basel St Jakobshalle (10)

Vienna Stadthalle (13)

Munich Olympiahalle (14)

Prague Saska Arena (16)

Leipzig Arena (17)

Frankfurt Festhalle (19)

Antwerp Sports Palais (20)

Budapest Sportarena (23)

Dormund Westfalenhalle (25)

Rotterdam Ahoy (26)

Hamburg Color Line Arena (28)

Stockholm The Globe (30)

Newcastle Arena (May 3)

Manchester MEN Arena (4)

Birmingham NEC (6)

Cardiff Arena (7)

Sheffield Arena (9)

London Wembley Arena (11)

Belfast Odyssey Arena (12)

Dublin Point (14)

London Hyde Park (July 8)

Tickets go on sale for the extra London date tomorrow (March 12). For availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.