QUEEN + Adam Lambert return to Merseyside later this year as part of their new tour.

Their state-of-the-art production, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 28, is part of their first full British tour in almost three years.

They promise a brand new show including a specially designed state-of-the-art production.

The choice of performance material will no doubt acknowledge this year's 40th anniversary of Queen's biggest-selling studio album to date, News of the World from 1977, which yielded the anthems We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions.

Queen drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor insists the 2017 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 confirms Queen's 2017 shows will have a more ambitious musical agenda.

He said: "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".

Adam Lambert welcomes the challenge of digging deeper into the band's canon of classics.

He said: "What people should know if they came to the shows a couple of years back, is obviously we will still be playing the big hit songs you know and love from Queen, but we thought it would be good to challenge ourselves a bit.

"Change it up a little bit, change the visuals, change all the technology, change the set list to some degree.

"We will probably be pulling some other songs out of the Queen catalogue which we haven't done before, which I am very excited about".

Since first sharing the stage for the American Idol final in May 2009, Queen + Adam Lambert have proved to be a hugely successful global partnership, having now played more than 90 shows in every corner of the world.

In summer 2012 they played their first full live shows across Europe, making their spectacular official debut in front of half a million people in Kiev.

During their first North American tour in 2014 they were crowned Band of the Year at the 10th annual Classic Rock Roll of Honor awards and Best Live Band of the Year in Ultimate Classic Rock's reader's poll.

This critically-acclaimed tour was followed in 2014 with massive summer festivals in South Korea and Japan, and a sold out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets for the show will be on sale from 10am this Friday, from www.echoarena.com/queen or the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400