As Queen and Adam Lambert play the final show of their sold out 67-date world tour tonight in Sheffield, England, the band have made a huge announcement on their official website. After a near constant barrage of praise for Queen and Adam Lambert, in particular, comes the news that Lambert fans have been waiting for.
Just two days after speculation by the Inquisitr about the possibility of Queen and Adam Lambert playing some festival shows this summer comes the amazing news that Adam Lambert will front Queen at one of the biggest festivals in the world, Rock in Rio. A statement on Queen’s website announced that the rock legends would be returning to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to headline the opening night of the legendary festival’s “30 Years Celebration” on September 18.
Queen headlined the festival back in 1985, and their performance became the stuff of rock legend. The appearance in Rio, followed by the iconic appearance at Wembley Stadium for “Live Aid,” confirmed Queen’s status as one of the biggest bands in the world. Rock in Rio president and founder Roberto Medina announced Queens appearance in a press release.
“30 years ago, Queen performed in front of 250,000 people who fell in love with the band, and it became one of the most iconic moments of Rock in Rio. I am positive that the moments from 30 years ago will be rejuvenated and rejoiced with Queen and Adam Lambert, making it again a moment no one will ever forget.”
The news will raise hopes further that Queen and Adam Lambert may headline the legendary Glastonbury festival this June. It has long been rumoured that Queen and Lambert may join the only acts confirmed to date, Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie. According to Gigwise, Rock in Rio takes place September 18-20 and September 24-27. Queen will join previously announced acts Katy Perry, System of a Down, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, Metallica, and John Legend.
Queen and Adam Lambert played the penultimate show of their European tour in Liverpool last night, and as usual, the show was highly praised. The Liverpool Echo said that Lambert “has an arena-filling charisma and an effortless soaring voice” and that they make the show fresh and credible.
The Liverpool Echo reported that Queen took something of a gamble while Lambert was off stage last night. In the home of the Beatles, they played a tribute to “four lads from Liverpool who changed the world” by performing “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” The gamble paid off handsomely, drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
As the tour draws to a close, fans of both Queen and Adam Lambert will be thrilled to know that there is more to come from a combination that is quickly building a legendary reputation all of its own.
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