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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2008, 09:05 GMT
Queen plot return with new album
Brian May (left) and Paul Rodgers in 2005
Paul Rodgers (right) joined the band on tour in 2005
Queen are to release their first studio album for 13 years - and their first without the vocals of Freddie Mercury.

The Cosmos Rocks will feature ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, who has replaced Mercury in the band's live shows.

Queen's last album, Made in Heaven, came out in 1995 and featured material written and recorded by Mercury before his death in 1991.

The band have also announced a Queen and Paul Rodgers 14-nation European tour, starting in September.

It will include UK dates in Nottingham, Glasgow, London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Liverpool.

They will also play in Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Austria.

Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Rodgers wrote the new album in late 2007 and early this year. It will be released on 1 September.

Bassist John Deacon, who retired from the music business in the late 1990s, will not take part in the tour.

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