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The Queen drummer is set to release his sixth solo album Outsider on October 1 and will play cuts from the new record alongside Queen classics on a 14-date tour.
The tour kicks off on October 2 at Newcastle’s O2 Academy before wrapping up at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 22.
Ticket pre-sale starts at 10am next Tuesday (June 8) – find out more here. Fans who pre-order the album via Taylor‘s official site before 4pm BST on Monday (June 7) will get advanced and early access to pre-sale tickets.
See the full tour dates here:
Saturday 2 – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Sunday 3 – MANCHESTER, Academy
Tuesday 5 – YORK, Barbican
Wednesday 6 – CARDIFF, St. David’s Hall
Friday 8 – LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
Saturday 9 – NORWICH, University East Anglia (UEA)
Monday 11 – BATH, Forum
Tuesday 12 – BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
Thursday 14 – PLYMOUTH, Pavilions
Friday 15 – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Sunday 17 – BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 19 – GUILFORD, G Live
Wednesday 20 – COVENTRY, HMV Empire
Friday 22 – LONDON, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Taylor‘s intimate upcoming tour marks his first live performances outside Queen in more than two decades.
The songwriter, who wrote many of Queen‘s hits including “A Kind of Magic” and “Radio Ga Ga“, said in a statement: “For some time now, we’ve all just been trying to get by. Now, it’s back to the basics, myself and some great musical pals getting back out there to play some rock. Obviously we’ll include some of the Queen classic catalogue, and some of my earlier solo work, but we’ll also be introducing them to some of the new stuff. So we hope folks are going to come on down.”
The rocker will perform with a specially assembled band for the tour made up of Queen + Adam Lambert’s keyboardist Spike Edney and supporting drummer Tyler Warren, plus guitarist Jason Falloon and Goldfrapp live players keyboardist Angie Pollock and bassist Charlie Jones.
Outsider is Taylor’s first album of new material since 2013’s Fun On Earth. Much of it was recorded during lockdown and, as per press material, finds the multi-instrumentalist in a “reflective” mood. He dedicated it “to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines”.
Taylor added: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely. It was a surprise! I just found myself in the studio and they came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.”
The Libertines frontman will return to his old stomping ground for a show at Powerhaus, formerly Dingwalls, on July 3.
Tickets for the intimate, 500-capacity show go on sale today (June 2) at 10am. You can find them here.
It won’t be Doherty’s only intimate London performance of the year, with The Libertines set to perform four shows at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum, this December as part of their Winter Giddy Up A Ding-Dong tour.
A statement about these “up close and personal” shows, which were teased by the band earlier last week, added: “The Libertines are pleased as punch to announce a 15-date Christmas jaunt across the UK in November and December, including two shows at London’s O2 Forum, the scene of the bands legendary shows in December 2003.”
Previously released as a DVD, the ambitious performance saw The Cure playing songs from each of the band’s 13 studio albums in chronological order, spanning their catalogue from 1979 to 2018, and then in reverse order from 2018 to 1979, as part of two symmetrical sets.
The first set was called From There To Here and saw them play one song from each of their 13 studio albums in chronological order, before ending with the recent unreleased song “It Can Never Be the Same”.
They then returned to open with “Step Into the Light” before then playing a track from each album once more, but this time in reverse chronology and ending on “Boys Don’t Cry“.
Now, it’s been confirmed that the show will stream in the US on The Coda Collection, a subscription streaming offering featuring an exclusive, curated selection of iconic music documentaries, concert films, and episodic series via Amazon Prime Video Channels.
“This Meltdown performance is memorable for many reasons,” said The Cure’s Robert Smith.
“The format we chose gave the band a unique opportunity to illuminate and celebrate the kaleidoscopic musical trip we are all on, in a very special venue in a very special year.”