Just weeks after announcing a 26-date summer tour of North America, Queen + Adam Lambert today revealed further live plans for 2017 which will now see the band return to Europe later this year for a series of 24 dates including a show at the Sheffield Arena on Friday 8th December 2017. The tour will
showcase a spectacular new stage production and a set list, which the band hints will provide some surprises.
Tickets go on general sale Friday 21st April 10am, priced £88.48 seated & £77.28 standing (including booking fee) online through this web site, through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56 or in person from the Sheffield Arena Box Office.
These shows will mark the band’s first full British tour in almost three years, having last performed across the UK in January 2015 when they played 10 sold out shows. Their only UK appearance in 2016 was a one-off headlining set at the closing night of the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday June 12, part of a 15-date European summer festival tour. Isle of Wight festival organizer John Giddings credited the band with “the greatest show we have ever had”.
For their 2017 tour, the band will unveil a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production. The choice of performance material will no doubt acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest-selling studio album to date, News of the World from 1977, which yielded the immortal anthems “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the 2017 tour “will look entirely different to the show we took around before. Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don’t use it all. We don’t play to click track. It’s 100% live. We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct.”
Guitarist Brian May confirms Queen’s 2017 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda. “The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that,” he says, “but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more.”
Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band’s canon of classics. “What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit,” he explains. “Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about.”
Tickets for the Sheffield Arena show on Friday 8th December 2017 will go on general sale at 10am on Friday 21st April, priced £88.48 & £77.28 from www.sheffieldarena.co.uk & 0114 256 56 56.
Maximum of 6 tickets per person allowed on this show, show will start at 8pm and there is NO SUPPORT.
A full ticket & booking fee breakdown can be viewed below along a very limited VIP Experience packages.
Tickets purchased through the Arena web site and the ticket hotline on 0114 256 56 56 are priced:-
£88.48 (£79 ticket plus £9.48 booking fee ) - all seated tickets
£77.28 (£69 ticket plus £8.28 booking fee) - all standing tickets
£315 (£79 ticket plus £216 package fee plus £20 booking fee) *
£930 (£79 ticket plus £821 package fee plus £30 booking fee) **
Tickets purchased in person from the Sheffield Arena Box Office are priced:-
£82.95 (£79 ticket plus £3.95 booking fee ) - all seated tickets
£72.45 (£69 ticket plus £3.45 booking fee) - all standing tickets
£305 (£79 ticket plus £216 package fee plus £10 booking fee) *
£915 (£79 ticket plus £821 package fee plus £15 booking fee) **
*The I want it all VIP Experience – these are seated tickets and include the following: Exclusive Queen + Adam Lambert gift to VIP packages only; Official VIP laminate; 3 Drink Vouchers; Official Programme; Early Entry to venue.
**The Ultimate On Stage VIP Experience - these are seated tickets and include the following: Behind the scenes backstage tour Exclusive Queen + Adam Lambert gift to VIP packages only Official VIP laminate, 3 Drink Vouchers, Official Programme, Early Entry to venue.