Watch Queen & Adam Lambert Perform “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” at the Oscars

Queen + Adam Lambert opened the 91st Academy Awards last night, February 24, with a performance of their 1977 classics, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”

The performance marked the first time a rock band has ever opened the Academy Awards show.

Additionally, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody took home a statue for Best Actor, which went to Rami Malek for his performance of iconic frontman Freddie Mercury in the movie.

Queen + Adam Lambert also recently announced a 23-date North American arena and stadium tour for 2019. The outing, dubbed Rhapsody, runs from mid-July through late August.

The six-week tour will debut a brand-new production, with Queen working again with the creative partners behind the News Of The World 2017 tour—Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architects on set design; Rob Sinclair on lighting design; and Sam Pattinson of Treatment Studio behind the video content. 

Said guitarist Brian May: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious!  Watch out, America!"

Queen + Adam Lambert 2019 Rhapsody tour dates:

July 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
July 12 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
July 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
July 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
July 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
July 23 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 24 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 27 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 28 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
July 30 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 4 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Aug. 9 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Aug. 10 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 13 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Aug. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug. 18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Aug. 20 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Aug. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Aug. 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.