Photo/IllutrationGuitars used by B’z for their recording sessions and live performances are on display in one section of the venue. (Takahiro Kawamura)

Ahead of their 30th anniversary in the music scene this September, popular rock duo B’z are hosting a large-scale retrospective exhibition titled “Scenes” in Tokyo.

B’z, consisting of vocalist Koshi Inaba and guitarist Takahiro Matsumoto, made their debut in 1988 and released many million-selling hits including “Lady Navigation” and “Alone.” According to entertainment data tracker Oricon Inc., the band has sold more than 80 million singles and albums combined.

The exhibition is taking place in two parts. Part one, which runs until May 6, covers the first half of their career from 1988 to 2002. Part two, which will be held on May 11-June 15, will focus on the second half spanning from 2003 to 2018.

Memorabilia on display at the venue include guitars used by Matsumoto during their live performances, Inaba’s handwritten memos of lyrics, as well as rare footage from their concerts.

Large-scale exhibitions devoted to musicians have been booming in recent years. Exhibits featuring megastars such as The Rolling Stones and David Bowie became so popular that they were taken on tour in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. By showing rare materials that have accumulated over the years, the exhibition aims to not only satisfy hard-core admirers but also attract others who had drifted away from B’z’s music.

The exhibition venue is located inside the Yurakucho Infos building in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. Admission is free on weekdays except May 1 and 2. Admission for weekends and holidays costs 1,700 yen ($15.80) for adults and 1,400 yen for junior and senior high school students at the door. Tickets come with special goods.