22 February 2012 – Quarter of a century has passed and rock legends QUEEN return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.
QUEEN’s Brian May and Roger Taylor have confirmed the band will headline the second day of SONISPHERE appearing on the APOLLO stage on Saturday July 7.
KNEBWORTH was the setting for QUEEN’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986. May and Taylor also confirmed that for this very special event they will be joined by US singer-songwriter ADAM LAMBERT. Lambert’s performance of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” with eventual winner Kris Allen rocked the “Idol” finale back in 2009
The potent chemistry between QUEEN and Lambert broke the surface when at the invitation of Brian May and Roger Taylor, Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where QUEEN were present to collect their Global Icon award. Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.” Freddie Mercury’s final concert with Queen also took place at Knebworth, in August 1986. He died in 1991.
The Sonisphere show marks the third time Lambert has sung with the landmark band, following an eight-minute set at the MTV Europe Awards in November to celebrate Queen’s Global Icon Award, and a 2009 performance of “We Are the Champions” on “American Idol.”
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