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Queen and Adam Lambert to play Belfast's SSE Arena

Queen and Adam Lambert have announced a number of live shows for 2017 - including a gig at Belfast's SSE Arena.

The iconic band will perform at the venue on Sunday November 26.

As part of their 24-date tour across Europe, the band will also perform at Dublin's 3Arena on Saturday November 25.

Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the new tour 'will look entirely different' to their previous shows.

He said: "Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along. But we don’t use it all. We don’t play to click track. It’s 100% live.

"We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct.”

Meanwhile, guitarist Brian May has said the shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda.

He explained: “The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that, but we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We’ll do quite a bit more of that this time around.

"There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more.”

Former American Idol star Adam Lambert began touring with Queen in 2014 after they first shared the stage together on the show in 2009.

The singer said of the upcoming gigs: “What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit.

“Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree. We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven’t done before, which I am very excited about.”

Tickets for Queen and Adam Lambert live at Belfast's SSE Arena go on sale from Friday  April 21 at 9am.

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