By Jacky
Oct 8, 2008, 15:12

For Immediate Release: Wednesday October 8, 2008

Start Nottingham Arena, Friday 10 Oct

Having completed the first leg of its extensive European tour which has seen the band play 15 sold-out dates across nine countries including Russia, Latvia, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the Queen + Paul Rodgers Cosmos Rocks tour now heads for the UK opening the first of 11 concerts this Friday, October 10 at Nottingham Trent Arena.

The UK tour, which sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale, includes three London dates, the first of which is 02 Arena this coming Monday, October 13.

Back on the road for the first time since they toured together in 2005, and with a first studio album recorded together – The Cosmos Rocks – under their belt, Queen + Paul Rodgers hit the road in spectacular fashion.

Before starting their tour in Moscow, the band played a special one off concert for HIV AIDS awareness in the Ukraine with a free open air concert in Kharkov’s Freedom Square. Playing for the Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation which campaigns for greater public and institutional efforts to tackle AIDS in the Ukraine, Queen + Paul Rodgers drew a record crowd of more than 350,000 to see them play a special two hour set under the campaign banner “Don’t let AIDS ruin your life”. Taking the message to an even wider audience, a record 10 million more Ukrainians watched the show live on television.

In a remarkably fast turn-around, a cinema version of that historic AIDS concert is to be seen in US cinemas next month. Called Let the Cosmos Rock – Queen + Paul Rodgers Live from the Ukraine the film will be a cinema event held in over four-hundred movie theatres across the US from November 6th. The film will then play in cinemas across the UK and Europe in the lead up to World AIDS Day, December 1.

The tour has been marked with other newsworthy moments – such as when Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis traded his state seat for one behind Roger Taylor’s drum kit when he joined the band on stage at its Riga concert to perform with Brian May and Paul Rodgers on the song All Right Now to the total surprise of the 12,000 capacity Riga Arena crowd.

We can only wonder at what similar surprises might lay ahead for UK audiences.

Queen + Paul Rodgers Sold Out UK Dates:

Friday 10 October Nottingham Trent FM Arena.
Saturday 11 October Glasgow SE&CC.
Monday 13 October London 02.
Tuesday 14 October Cardiff Arena.
Thursday 16 October Birmingham NIA.
Saturday 18 October Liverpool Echo Arena.
Sunday 19 October Sheffield Arena
Tuesday 4 November Newcastle Arena
Wednesday 5 November Manchester Arena
Friday 7 November London 02
Saturday 8 November London Wembley Arena

These dates are followed by further concerts in Europe before Queen + Paul Rodgers move on to Latin America to play concerts in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, the first Queen concerts in Latin America since the band’s Gluttons For Punishment tour in 1981 and the historic Rock In Rio concerts in 1985.

The new Queen + Paul Rodgers album The Cosmos Rocks was released by EMI Records on September 15.

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