Music icons Queen have today announced they will return to Australia in 2018 with frontman Adam Lambert for a new state-of-the-art headline tour. 

The band will arrive Down Under next February to perform arena shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide (the first in over three decades), Melbourne and Perth. 

The Australian run will be Queen's first since their sold-out tour in 2014 and the upcoming concerts will feature a specially-designed production. 

Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor said the 2018 tour "will look entirely different to the show we took around before.

"Production has really changed a lot, the things you can do now, you have a much broader palette, the technology has really come along.

"But we don't use it all. We don't play to click track. It's 100% live. We're planning on doing stuff we either haven't done before or haven't done for a long time. We started as an albums band, that's what we were. The fact that we had hits was just a byproduct."

Guitarist Brian May added, "The general public knows the hits, so you've got to cater for that.

"But we can chuck in a few things that people really don't expect. We'll do quite a bit more of that this time around. There are so many dimensions to Adam, which of course fits with our music. He can get down and do the rock stuff really dirty, and you have all those dimensions, and we can explore that even more."

Tickets for the run go on sale from 10am on Friday, 23 June. 

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