“Queen In Japan – Queenmania (Parts 1 & 2)” — Watch the Latest from Band’s ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series


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The latest episode of Queen: The Greatest, the English band‘s YouTube series exploring its vaunted history, was the second half of a two-part video exploring the band’s relationship with Japan, highlighted by a smash hit album release in 2004 and an extraordinary festival performance ten years later, per a news release.

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The bond between Japan and Queen had been firmly established through the band’s tours of the 1970’s and 80’s. It would not be until 2005 the band would return, first with Paul Rodgers and then again in 2014 now fronted by Adam Lambert.

Despite their absence on the touring circuit Queen’s music continued to be treasured in Japan throughout the 90’s and into the 21st Century, thanks largely to their inclusion in TV commercials and television dramas, particularly one of Japan’s biggest drama series which prompted the release of a special ‘hits’ compilation album, exclusive to Japan – Queen Jewels. The album went on to sell over a million copies.  Featured in a beer commercial, the band’s “I Was Born To Love You” reached No. 1 on the singles charts.

Invited to return in 2014 to headline at Japan’s largest rock festival, Summer Sonic, Queen’s stature as Japan’s favorite foreign band was confirmed. Footage from that Summer Sonic appearance highlights Queen and Lambert’s performance of Japanese favorite “I Was Born To Love You.”

Says Kaz Utsunomiya, Promoter and long-term friend of Queen: “Summer Sonic is like Glastonbury or one of the biggest summer music festival outdoor shows, and we played Osaka and Tokyo. I’ve seen many, many Summer Sonic festivals but I think I can say that everyone who I talk to, including fans and record company people, that was probably the biggest ending act of any Summer Sonic for twenty years or something.”

Here’s Part 1:

And Part 2:

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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