Bands as hugely successful, widely revered and deeply loved as Queen will always attract attention. Whether it was for Freddie Mercury's outrageously theatrical performances or, post-Freddie, the fragile handling of the band's incredible legacy, Queen always have - and always will - make headlines.
Easily one of rock's most flamboyant figures, lead singer Mercury lived life to the full, both on stage and off, giving his all to songs such as 'Don't Stop Me Now', 'The Show Must Go On', 'Killer Queen', 'I Want It All', 'We Are The Champions' and 'Who Wants to Live Forever' - it's almost as though he was writing his own multiple epitaphs.
Some twenty years after Mercury's surrender to AIDS, Queen are still as revered and in demand as ever with over 150 million albums sold to date, including 18 number ones. Even with a new singer in Paul Rodgers (from Free), fans lapped up shows in 2005 and 2006 with Roger Taylor exclaiming that 'Rodgers wasn't trying to be Freddie'. And that's a remit that young newbie vocalist Adam Lambert will be abiding by when the band regroup and perform two exclusive London shows in the summer.
In addition to the shows on 11th and 12th July 2012 at the Hammersmith Apollo, both of which sold out in a heartbeat, a third date has been announced for Saturday 14th July. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Monday 14th May, priced from around £60. They will, of course, sell out in double-quick time.