Rock Band Queen Excited About Their New Generation of Fans in Korea

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    January 17, 2020 11:14

    Legendary British rock band Queen have come to Korea to perform two concerts this weekend.

    Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and vocalist Adam Lambert attended a press conference in Seoul on Thursday ahead of their first solo gigs at Gocheok Sky Dome on Saturday and Sunday. They performed here in 2014 as part of a rock festival.

    Asked about their memories of performing in Korea, the band cited their discovery of the selfie stick, the huge crowd singing along to their songs and developing a new generation of fans. Since May "discovered" the selfie stick during his visit in 2014, he has often been seen using the gadget to film himself in front of huge audiences at concerts.

    Rock band Queen's members pose at a press conference in Seoul on Thursday. From left, guitarist Brian May, vocalist Adam Lambert and drummer Roger Taylor

    The band said they were amazed to find they had many young Korean fans after the success of their biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

    "The news has got to us that it was a huge success [in Korea]," May said. "It has definitely brought a new generation to us, which is very exciting. We witnessed at the airport young kids screaming at us, which is something we haven't seen for quite a while."

    The film, which chronicles the band's heyday and the life of their late lead singer Freddie Mercury, has earned over US$9 million worldwide since its 2018 release to become the most successful music biopic of all time. It has attracted nearly 10 million moviegoers in Korea. According to Forbes magazine, the band's single "Bohemian Rhapsody" was the most-streamed classic rock song in that year.

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