Queen, Adam Lambert to embark on summer tour

photo Adam Lambert arrives at the "American Idol" finale May 25, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Queen will embark on a summer tour with Adam Lambert as its frontman.

The iconic band announced Thursday on "Good Morning America" that the 19-date U.S. tour kicks off June 19 in Chicago. It wraps July 20 in Washington, D.C.

However, the only Southern dates on the tour are in Houston on July 9 and Dallas on July 10. The closest show is in Washington, which is 600 miles from Chattanooga.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor will be joined by Lambert

Lambert first performed with Queen in 2009 when he was a contestant on "American Idol," where he placed second. The band and Lambert have since performed together, including last year's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. They sang such hits as "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You."

Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday.