(CelebityAccess MediaWire) —
Having sold out their forthcoming UK tour within hours of announcing their return to live performance after almost 20 years, Queen, who are to perform with vocalist/musician Paul Rodgers, has added extra dates, which will include a massive outdoor concert in Hyde Park on July 8. The Hyde Park concert is one of four outdoor dates the band will now play this summer–the others are in Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands–all in July.
In response to huge demand, Queen has now also added Dublin and Belfast dates to the first leg of the tour. Instead of ending as originally planned on May 11 at Wembley Pavillion, the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour has been extended to include the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on May 13 and The Point Depot in Dublin on May 14.
The Hyde Park concert will see the band return after almost 30 years to the setting of one of its earliest landmark concerts.
Playing a free show on September 18, 1976, Queen attracted a record crowd of over 150,000 to the Royal Park, one of the biggest audiences for any concert ever held in the capital.
The Queen + Paul Rodgers tour will now play 32 dates across Europe. The tour is preceded by a benefit concert for Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign in Fancourt, George, South Africa on March 19 when they play their first live concert together. The band spearheads this music fundraising and HIV/AIDS awareness event in the presence of ormer president Nelson Mandela joined by other artists, including Annie Lennox, Katie Melua, India.Arie and actor/singer Will Smith, together with a host of South Africa's premier artists.
Queen + Paul Rodgers itinerary:
March 28 London, Brixton Academy
March 30 Paris, Zenith
April 1 Madrid, Palacio De Deportes
April 2 Barcelona, Sant Jordi
April 4 Rome, Palalottomatica
April 5 Milan, Forum
April 7 Firenze, Mandela Forum
April 8 Pesaro, Palas
April 10 Basel, St. Jakobshalle
April 13 Vienna, Stadthalle
April 14 Munich, Olympiahalle
April 16 Prague, Saska Arena
April 17 Leipzig, Arena
April 19 Frankfurt, Festhalle
April 20 Antwerp, Sports Palais
April 23 Budapest, Sportarena
April 25 Dormund, Westfalenhalle
April 26 Rotterdam, Ahoy
April 28 Hamburg, Color Line Arena
April 30 Stockholm, The Globe
May 3 Newcastle, Arena
May 4 Manchester, MEN Arena
May 6 Birmingham, NEC
May 7 Cardiff Arena
May 9 Sheffield, Arena
May 11 Wembley, Pavillion
May 13 Belfast Odyssey Arena
May 14 Dublin The Point Depot
July 2 Portugal, Lisbon Estadio Restelo
July 6 Germany, Cologne Energie Stadion
July 8 London, Hyde Park
July 10 Netherlands, Nijmegen Gottenpark
–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen