Queen kicks off their tour this week

Queen guitarist Brian May says he, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert are just about ready for their tour, which starts Wednesday in Vancouver, Canada. As usual, they will be joined by keyboardist Spike Edney, bassist Neil Fairclough and percussionist Tyler Warren.

Writing on his website, May says, "We’ve now put in six days solid production rehearsals... Long days, hammering out new pieces of action -- and interaction between us, the performers and the massive and highly sophisticated beast which is our touring rig. Sound, lights, staging, moving parts, video content, magic tricks, monitoring, costumes, and ... MUSIC!!!

"It’s such a shame that the wonderful Beatles never got the chance to indulge themselves and their fans in such a fantasy. Touring life became uncontrollable for them after only a few years of massive fame.

"For us, we’ve had 40 years or more to develop and continuously innovate. The technical and artistic team we have around us is at the very top level. Having recently spent some time with some of those amazing men who actually walked on the moon, I can definitely see some parallels. What we do isn’t exactly rocket science, but it’s a similar situation, where what you see -- the end result on stage -- is the result of the work of hundreds of highly talented people. I’m hugely proud of this whole operational team. Best in the world for sure."

The North American leg runs through August 23rd in Charlotte, North Carolina.

May, who is also an astrophysicist, is featured in The Day We Walked on the Moon, a Smithsonian Channel special that premiered last night (Sunday) on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It will repeat throughout the month. The anniversary is July 20th.

Bohemian Rhapsody premiered on HBO Saturday.

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