Queen Still Makes The Rockin' World Go Round
This past Sunday Queen brought The Rhapsody Tour to Toronto's Scotiabank Arena. The show was not only sold out offically, but resale tickets also went incredibly fast. There wasn't a single empty seat in the house and Queen & Co made sure everyone was entertained until the the very end. While volunteering at the show for a Toronto based music charity , I noticed something interesting. The diversity of fans, was something else. Entire families attending the concert together, groups of families going together. You would see a man in his 60's wearing a Bryds t-shirt, followed by a kid in a Greta Van Fleet t-shirt. You saw kids dressed up as Freddie from Live Aid, and teenagers in Brian May wigs. It was incredible.
The success of last year's Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, obviously launched the band into the type of success they haven't seen since the 80's. Between Rami Malek winning Best Actor at the Oscars, to Queen being the most successful band in the music industry in 2018, it's clear the music created by Freddie, Brian, Roger and John is transgenerational.
The show was nothing less than exceptional from the legendary rockers and included all the hits you wanted to hear. Dr. Brian May, rockstar/astrophysicist, performed one of his guitar solos but managed to keep it under ten minutes long, (the last show I went to Brian May did a 17-minute + guitar solo, the buddy I brought with me fell asleep.... actually, fell ASLEEP during the solo!). The show also placed an emphasis on the Bohemian Rhapsody movie. They left the the title track until the end, and also included "I'm In Love With My Car", the infamous song written entirely by Roger Taylor and a running joke throughout the film.
Even in the nose bleed seats, the audience was on their feet for most of the show. Everyone participated during during Radio Ga Ga, and the audience began the *stomp stomp clap* even before the group came out for the encore. Queen isn't just a legendary rock band, they stand for so much more. Queen is a night at the movies. Queen is a family going to a concert together. Queen is belting Bohemian Rhapsody when you're drunk at 2 am. Queen is the song you sing when your city wins a championship for the first time in 25 years. Queen is your hype song and Queen is your sad song. The band reignited a flame last year, and this tour is just another chapter is the Queen storybook. The show must go on, and Queen is ensuring it does just that.
Catch the remaining dates to The Rhapsody Tour below.
North America 2019
31Jul Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
03Aug Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
04Aug Boston, MA Xfinity Center
06Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden
07Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden
09Aug Chicago, IL United Center
10Aug St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
13Aug Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
15Aug Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
17Aug Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
18Aug Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
20Aug New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
22Aug Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
23Aug Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
18JAN Seoul Gocheok Skydome
19JAN Seoul Gocheok Skydome
25JAN Tokyo Saitama Super Arena
26JAN Tokyo Saitama Super Arena
28JAN Osaka Kyosera Dome
30JAN Nagoya Nagoya Dome
New Zealand 2020
5FEB Wellington Westpac Stadium
7FEB Auckland Mt Smart Stadium
10FEB Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium
13FEB Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
15FEB Sydney ANZ Stadium
19FEB Melbourne AAMI Park
20FEB Melbourne AAMI Park
23FEB Perth Optus Stadium
26FEB Adelaide Adelaide Oval
29FEB Gold Coast Metricon Stadium