- On Apr.17 1975, Queen landed in Haneda airport with more than 1,000 fans greeting and welcoming the band, the band’s first ever visit to Japan.
The legend is coming back to Japan with the Rhapsody tour after the massive success of the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. January 2020, a new Queen Legend is engraved!
The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert on lead vocals and returning to Japan in January 2020 with a brand-new, spectacular production. Japan, where Queen created ‘Queen Mania’ when they first arrived in 1975 and remains a special place for the band even today, will get to experience the band’s all-new concert experience with the coming of the Rhapsody Tour.
January 25 Saturday, 2020 Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo)
January 26 Sunday, 2020 Saitama Super Arena (Tokyo)
January 28 Tuesday, 2020 Kyosera Dome (Osaka)
January 30 Thursday, 2020 Nagoya Dome (Nagoya)
Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Japan Roger Taylor said: “Japan has always been such a special place for Queen and we can’t wait to return with our new show.”
Adam Lambert said: “It feels like too long since we were last in Japan, but I have such fond memories of our time there, and I am so thrilled to go again with a whole new show.”
Says Brian May: “The fond relationship between Queen and the Japanese people is legendary. Over the years the bond has strengthened, and in recent months the success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film in Japan has become an unprecedented phenomenon. It will be the greatest thrill for us to return in January to the country that first recognised Queen music nearly 50 years ago. Subarashi desu!!!”
The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”
Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.
Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion.
When Freddie sangI all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be thrilling audiences.
After blowing everyone away on the eighth season of American Idol, Adam Lambert went on to release his debut album ‘For Your Entertainment’ which included the international hit ‘Whatya Want From Me’ and earned him a Grammy Award nomination. Adam followed this success with his second album ‘Trespassing’ which became the first album to reach the number one spot in the US and Canada by an openly gay artist. His highly anticipated third album ‘The Original High’ was executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback and included the smash hit ‘Ghost Town’. Adam joined the cast of Glee for a six-episode story in 2013 and performed the role of Eddie in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He went on to judge on The X Factor Australia where his artist, Isaiah, won the show. Last year Adam made a cameo in film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody” and begun recording his new album. 2019 will see Adam star in his first animated-live action hybrid movie ‘Playmobil: The Movie’ voicing character ‘Emperor Maximus’. He has just released track ‘Feel Something’ from his upcoming fourth album and has announced more new music will be coming in May.
About the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts of over $900 million. In Japan “Bohemian Rhapsody” provided the second highest global gross outside North America having achieved to date close on $114 million and becoming the No.1 box office film of 2018. “Bohemian Rhapsody” won four Oscar awards including best actor as well as the best actor and best film awards at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles.
The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No.1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century. In addition, Queen received this year’s Japan Gold Disc Award given by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. Queen won Artist of the Year in the western music category for selling more CDs, videos and Internet downloads than any other artists last year.
Queen also won Album Of The Year and Soundtrack Album Of The Year for “Bohemian Rhapsody (The Original Soundtrack)”. Across the soundtrack album and the Queen catalogue the band’s CD, DVD and digital sales since October last year has exceeded over 1.35 million in Japan.
In a video message Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor said “Thank you so much Japan for your fantastic support. I hope we have given you some happiness, pleasure, joy and maybe quiet times”. Guitarist Brian May added, “I love you and see you again soon.”
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