Queen and Adam Lambert Auckland Concert

Thursday 17 July 2014

Queen and Adam Lambert Auckland Concert
Legendary rock group Queen are returning to New Zealand for the first time in 30 years, and are bringing Adam Lambert with them on their 'Once in a Lifetime Tour'.

Queen, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, will perform their best-loved hits with American Idol star Adam Lambert on vocals. 

Extra dates had been added to their Australian stadium tour, which also allowed time for one Auckland show.

This will be the first New Zealand show for Queen since 1985. Adam Lambert was last in New Zealand for a solo concert as part of his Glam Nation tour in 2010.

Queen and Adam Lambert
Auckland - Vector Arena, Wednesday 3 September

Tickets to the general public will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 24th July through Ticketmaster.

PRESS RELEASE: 

The wait is over – for the first time in 30 years – Dainty Group is delighted to reveal that legendary superstar band Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed that their ‘Once In A Lifetime Tour’ will now come to New Zealand. "Let's rock those beautiful arenas just one more time!” said Brian May. 

Queen and Adam Lambert can now announce that their only New Zealand show will take place on Wednesday 3rd September at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Due to huge demand, extra shows have been added to their Australian tour dates and tickets to Auckland’s show are sure to be just as hot – if you can get one! 

Fans will undoubtedly be thrilled with this news and can look forward to a truly stunning production that encapsulates all the operatic spectacle and glamour befitting a Queen performance. 

This is the first Queen tour of New Zealand since 1985 and will be an extraordinary once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the world’s most loved rock bands perform a hit-heavy set of some of the greatest rock songs ever written. Many would say the greatest ever. Not to be missed!

Advance tickets for the Queen and Adam Lambert 2014 concert at Vector Arena will be available via the Ticketmaster and Dainty Group presale from 9.00am Monday 21st July 2014 until 5.00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014. 

Tickets to the general public will go on sale at 9am on Thursday 24th July through Ticketmaster.

The 24 date North American tour opened up in Chicago a month ago with Queen and Adam Lambert delivering a true rock extravaganza complete with their trademark essential grandiose flourishes that garnered rave reviews.

“The tour's opening show was a spectacle of the grandest order... Queen have a boatload of hits... and a boatload more” - Rolling Stone, June 2014
“…the show epitomized Queen, in all its flamboyant glory” – Chicago Tribune, June 2014
“Rafter-raising showstoppers including “We are the Champions” and “The Show Must Go On” displayed Lambert’s pop sensibility and dizzying range while simultaneously showcasing May’s unparalleled rock soloing technique” – Chicago Sun Times, June 2014

Promoter Paul Dainty said of this momentous tour “Since I started promoting and producing concert tours, one of my biggest dreams has been to bring Queen back to Australasia and now this dream is a reality. This may be the last chance New Zealand fans have to see one of the greatest rock bands in history and, as Rolling Stone recently said "Adam Lambert fronting Queen will astound audiences."

The threesome first shared the stage during American Idol in May 2009 for a performance of “We Are The Champions”. They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of “The Show Must Go On”, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” and in the summer of 2012, Lambert performed a series of shows with Queen across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They also performed three sold-out gigs at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

“I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon,” says Lambert. “The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in Australasia is so beautifully surreal. I'm honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory; he's a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know this tour will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band, I feel like magic will be on display.”

In a career spanning over 40 years Queen has amassed a staggering list of sales, awards, and hall of fame inductions that is second to none. Record sales in the hundreds of millions of units, including an unprecedented string of number one albums and top-charting singles that continue to put Queen in the top ten of all-time iTunes sales, seven Ivor Novello Awards, an MTV Global Icon Award, two songs enshrined in the Grammy Hall of Fame -  “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” – which also remain the most played songs at sports events and arenas around the world. The statistics show Queen has the highest selling back catalogue in Australasia, outselling even the Beatles. 

Even with the tragic loss of their uniquely talented singer Freddie Mercury, Queen remain one of the most revered bands in rock and pop history, able to claim one of the most enduring song catalogues of all time. Just think: “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Killer Queen”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Bicycle Race”, songs that form the backdrop to the lives of generations of fans across all ages. With their sterling song craft, virtuoso musicality, and colossal spectacle of their live performances, Queen – Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and John Deacon - captured hearts and conquered charts like no other band in history, a legacy that continues to live through the ongoing work and concert performances by May and Taylor. Their musical We Will Rock You, co-created with writer Ben Elton, is approaching its 12th year on stage in London’s West End and is currently touring North America.

Adam Lambert’s stunning performances on the eighth season of American Idol are still widely regarded as some of the most riveting moments in the show’s history. His debut album For Your Entertainment earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His second album, Trespassing, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. The subsequent tour took Lambert from Australia to South Africa, throughout Asia and Eastern Europe and culminated in a sold-out arena show in Helsinki, Finland. In 2013, Lambert appeared as a guest star on the hit TV series, Glee. He is currently writing and recording for his third album.