Queen announce US tour with Adam Lambert

They will play 19 dates across North America this summer

Queen have announced a 19-date US tour, set for this summer, featuring Adam Lambert.

The tour will start at Chicago’s United Center on June 19 and finish up on July 20 at Washington DC’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The gigs will see Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert following their iHeartRadio Music Festival appearance in Las Vegas in September 2013 and their European dates in 2012, which included three shows at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

In a statement, former American Idol contestant Lambert commented: “I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I’m honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory; he’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.”

Last year Brian May teased the existence of a new Queen song featuring the vocals of Freddie Mercury. Writing on his official blog, the guitarist said: “Some Queen magic is happening… I feel it in my bones. It’s annoying to have to be so secretive, but I guess I have to, for now.”

Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991. The band’s 15th and final studio album, ‘Made In Heaven’, was released in 1995 after the remaining three members had worked on extensive recordings Mercury made before he died.