Category: Japan

The Runaways in Japan

Queen: Japan 1976, via theqoo

John Bonham in Hiroshima, ZEPtember 1971, my edit of original via zeppelin_unseen


New to me, I believe?

With their award from Music Life Magazine in Japan, ZEPtember 1971. I haven’t been able to pin down the exact date, but most likely around the 23rd or 24th when they were in Tokyo. I have a post from April 2014 (!!!) with each of the boys holding their own plaque, added here. 

I have no idea why Jonesy switched from between a short-sleeved pink-ish polka dot shirt and long-sleeved white-ish one, and is alas no help at all. Certainly nice to see Bonzo change from a t-shirt to his natty blue embroidered dress shirt, with full marks to Jimmy (rocking that sweater vest-blazer combo!) for dressing like he was glad to be getting an award from start to finish. 


Freddie Mercury in Japan, 1975



Freddie The King Of Queen!
Queen started the year with the longest lasting number one for years, and their live act’s the best in the world. At the centre of it all is Freddie – once you’ve seen him you’re never the same again!

Freddie Mercury is certainly the most amazing member of Queen. Not only does he look fantastic with those super skinny legs and great outfits, but he’s also one of the best musicians on the pop scene today. He’s got so much going on for him that it must make some other stars want to scream!
Freddie is very popular in Britain, but in Japan he’s just about the biggest superstar there is. Japanese fans have been known to travel all the way over to Britain just for a few words!
“The most amazing Japanese fan was one who quietly knocked on my door one afternoon.” Freddie told us. “She didn’t say anything, she just bowed and then handed me a flower. Then she bowed again, gave me a little kiss, and walked away. I learnt that she’d flown over all the way and then gone straight back after she’d seen me. I only wish she’d at least stayed for a cup of tea! I’ve kept that flower though – it was a paper carnation – and I’ll wear it the next time we appear in Japan. I only hope she’ll think it was worth the trip!”

Hiroshima Peace Park, ZEPtember 27, 1971

I was trying to find the photographer of this amazing portrait of Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, when I came across this Japanese caption courtesy of Google Translate. It’s kind of like poetry, and it’s kind of perfect. 

Please pay attention to the Johnsy.
Unusual movement is not it cool. Blonde fluttering softly has boosted him.
The movement Where did you remember. How did you finally wake up to the woman to become at this time.
The habit to move this is always.

I still don’t know the photographer, but that’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read tbh.

Joan in Japan, via