Queen’s Roger Taylor announces 2021 UK solo tour

The intimate 14-date tour will coincide with his new album, Outsider

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Roger Taylor has shared details of a UK tour this autumn – see dates below.

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.

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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:

October 2021

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.”

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 13: Roger Taylor of Queen performs at Suncorp Stadium on February 13, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Marc Grimwade/WireImage)

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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.”

Originally published on NME
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