Return of the Champions!

They've sold more than 200 million albums, released more than 50 CDs and totaled up an enormous collection of #1 hits around the world. Now, as Queen + Paul Rodgers, they're taking their sold-out European arena concert show to North America.

Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will take their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare performances this autumn, touching down on each coast before heading out for a stadium tour of Japan.

Queen + Paul Rodgers confirmed the much-anticipated shows for October 16 at Continental Airlines Arena (The Meadowlands) in East Rutherford, N.J.,
and October 22 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif.

Tickets for the Continental Arena date went on sale today
and will be on sale from tomorrow for the Hollywood Bowl event. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster or link
(Check the Web sites for information on pre-sales and special VIP ticket

Following the pair of U.S. dates, Queen + Paul Rodgers will continue on to Japan, where their dates include the Super Arena in Saitama on October 26th and 27th, the Dome in Nagoya on November 1, and The Dome in Fukuoka on November 3.

It's been 23 years since Queen played concerts in the United States – in 1982 they sold out a 30-date arena tour. During the following four years, the band defined stadium rock around the world, with mega-shows throughout Europe, Japan, South America and Australasia.

“I never thought I would be doing this again,” said May. “I was always against the idea of putting someone in there trying to impersonate Freddie in any way. Then suddenly I'm looking at this guy who doesn't in any sense try to take the place of Freddie. He comes from his own place musically and we can reinterpret these songs with someone who understands us – the songs would mean something new.”

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