The Rhapsody Tour is scheduled to take place in Canada and North America this summer, before heading East in 2020. For British fans, there’s still no news on whether it’ll swing by here at all – but May has hinted that hope is not lost. Late last week he took to Instagram to confirm that the tour would be visiting Korea, but he took a moment to tell those in other countries to have patience.
He wrote: “KOREA here we come !!! This coming Spring 2020 we will be saying a lot of THANKYOU’S to our friends in Korea who took our Freddie film to their hearts and gave us so much love.
“Now don’t go a-hollerin’ at me, all you folks elsewhere !!! We’re doin’ our best here !!!
“We ain’t 39 years old any more !! That’s a tough road we’ve laid out ahead.”
He added hopefully: “And who knows where it will lead. And … we never pass this way again.”
May had previously told Zoe Ball earlier this month that he hopes the group do “one more” batch of British shows.
“I’m hoping we will – [there’s been] no announcement,” he said on BBC Radio 2.
“One more before we pop off, is my theory.”
Whether this was a throwaway joke or an indication that Queen will only tour once more before disbanding for good is up for interpretation, but host Ball was keen to point out that May should be in no rush to retire.
“I can still run about, I can still speak. Just!” he quipped in response.
The group are now joined by Adam Lambert on vocals, singing the iconic anthems made famous by the late Freddie Mercury.
Lambert said in a recent interview that Mercury’s whole essence, that he injected into his songs, gave him “permission” to express himself on stage.
“When I first become aware of Freddie Mercury in my 20s, I was really obsessed with the band and would watch old footage of him and his outfits,” he told Glamour.
“Freddie was really going for it and he clearly had a sense of humour.”
He added: “He was kind of taking the p*** out of himself. It was all ridiculous and that was part of the charm.
“He allowed people to feel the sense of fun and camp which I think is a sort of dying art but Freddie was spot on with it.
“He was camp and clever and witty with it which has massively inspired me.”
“In a way when I started working with Queen, looking at Freddie and his style history, it’s sort of a free pass,” he said.
“There’s no line that’s too far and the audience get it. Freddie gives me permission to take it there.
“To me, it’s showbusiness, it’s performance, it’s supposed to be heightened.”