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Queen & Adam Lambert, The Rhapsody Tour, heading to Metricon Stadium

To see Queen + Adam Lambert light up Metricon in February will be one of those memories that lives with the audience forever. The atmosphere will be incredible as the lights, sound and stage show come to life before what I predict will be a sell-out crowd.
City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate

The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Lifelong Australian fans and new converts will be thrilled with the news that Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert on lead vocals and is coming to the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium on Saturday February 29, 2020 for a giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production. 

Produced in Australia by TEG Dainty, the epic 6 date Rhapsody Tour is set to run from February 13 to February 29, 2020 with the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium show set to close the Australian tour.

Thursday 13 February            Brisbane                      Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 15 February             Sydney                        ANZ Stadium
Wednesday 19 February         Melbourne                  AAMI Park
Sunday 23 February               Perth                           Optus Stadium
Wednesday 26 February        Adelaide                     Adelaide Oval
Saturday 29 February             Gold Coast                  Metricon Stadium


City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said the final show of the Australian tour to be held at Metricon Stadium would be a massive event for the Gold Coast.

“Gold Coast. We are the champions! We’ve secured one of the biggest acts, at one of the best outdoor arenas in the world.

“To see Queen + Adam Lambert light up Metricon in February will be one of those memories that lives with the audience forever. The atmosphere will be incredible as the lights, sound and stage show come to life before what I predict will be a sell-out crowd.

“I see this event as being one that sets a new standard, and direction, for large-scale outdoor music events at this venue. It’s timely we announce Queen + Adam Lambert for Metricon, only weeks after the City launched its Live Music Action Plan.

“Gold Coasters, get on-line for your tickets as we know thousands of out-of-town Queen + Adam Lambert fans will be flying in for this one. Don’t miss out.’’

President and CEO of TEG-DAINTY Paul Dainty said the Gold Coast show would be the final show of the Australian tour.

With the enormous success of the highest grossing music biopic of all time - Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen’s popularity in Australia is as huge as it gets, we can’t wait to bring Queen + Adam Lambert to the Gold Coast and Metricon Stadium with this brand new stadium production and watch them bring their iconic songs to life.”

Gold Coast SUNS CEO Mark Evans said the giant stadium show would showcase Metricon Stadium’s possibilities once again.

“Metricon Stadium is a world class regional multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue that has a proven track record of delivering outstanding events and experiences whether that be an AFL match, major international athletics meet, concerts and cricket.

“We are thrilled that in a short window Metricon Stadium will have hosted a global giant stadium show in Queen + Adam Lambert, an International T20 & Big Bash fixtures, the Australian National Athletics Championships, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games as well as its track and field events in addition to and AFL, and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners to bring more content to Metricon Stadium and importantly Gold Coast in the future.

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Australia Roger Taylor said: "We are ready for Australia and raring to get back with our new show.” 

Adam Lambert said: “We have a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to reveal the show to Australian fans!” 

With Brian May adding: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious!  Watch out, Australia! "

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.” 

Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.  

Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion. 

Then along came 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts approaching $900 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century.  Indicative of Australia’s enduring passion for Queen – the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack spent four weeks at #1 on the ARIA chart and now enjoys Platinum status.  Queen additionally achieved the rare feat of boasting three separate albums in the ARIA Top 5 – for five weeks this year. 

When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be thrilling audiences. Next summer, the stadium stages of Australia will be well and truly rocked again.

 

The Australia dates are expected to be part of a wider tour of the region taking in also several East Asia dates.

Tickets go on sale from www.ticketek.com.au on Monday 15 April with the Gold Coast show at Metricon Stadium on sale from 11.00am AEST. Check www.queenonline.com and www.tegdainty.com  for more tour information.