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Queen + Paul Rodgers Add Outdoor Concerts

(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