They may have lost iconic singer Freddie Mercury, but a million music t-shirts live on and so do their inspiration – the legendary rock band Queen.

Queen were due to play their first live show in aeons, with glam-rock “American Idol” winner Adam Lambert set to replace Mercury as frontman, at the UK Sonisphere Festival in early July. Sadly, their performance at the festival was cancelled, but this week Queen drummer Roger Taylor revealed that the band is planning to play four European dates over the summer.

The first has already been confirmed – it will take place on 30 June in Moscow. One will take place in Kiev, with Elton John also on the bill. The other two will take place at the start of July at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in a bid by Queen to give people who were planning to see them at Sonisphere another crack at seeing them in the UK.

Discussing the planned gigs and the new presence of Adam Lambert, Taylor said: “We’re really excited about it.”

“Adam… of course he has this unbelievable range, like Freddie had range. Adam can really cover it. He’s an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality.”

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