Queen & Adam Lambert Announce UK Shows

The show will go on after Sonisphere cancellation.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Queen and Adam Lambert will continue to join forces despite their headline performance at Sonisphere  festival being axed, it has been announced today (April 12). 

The legendary rockers and the American Idol runner-up were set to perform in a headline slot at the Knebworth festival before it was cancelled due to financial troubles, but now those who were looking forward to watching the controversial collaboration take to the stage will get their chance, as they are set to play two shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo on July 11th and July 12th.

Tickets for the shows will be available next Wednesday (April 18th) at 9am (GMT), but a 24-hour presale will be available for Queen fan club members and those who had previously booked tickets for Sonisphere

A spokesperson for the band released a statement regarding the shows, saying: "Queen acted immediately in looking for an alternative venue in an aim to avoid disappointing all those fans who had so desperately looked forward to seeing them at Knebworth.

"Coming in the lead into the Olympics, most of the venues they first approached were unavailable, being taken as official London Games 2012 venues. As the setting of some of the band’s best remembered concerts, the idea of returning to this historic Hammersmith venue really appealed to them."

Queen's Roger Taylor also spoke about their decision to play the shows, with Taylor saying: "We had made up our minds to play in the UK this year, so play we will! Following the collapse of the Sonisphere organisation we didn't want to let down all those people expecting to see us live!"

"Somehow this feels right," added Brian May. "The Odeon is a big part of our history, and its atmosphere is second to none.  It's the perfect place to acknowledge our faithful fans, and will be a fitting return to our roots!"

Tickets for the event can be purchased from TicketMaster.co.uk.


Photo: NME