I was wondering what made them bring this song into the set. Was it a hit in Japan for either Freddie in 85 or Queen in 95? Of all the songs to play I found it strange that this was the one. I'm not knocking it, I am just surprised to see it in the set. I can't wait to hear this live!
Both versions of IWBTLY (Freddie and Queen versions) were each released as singles in Japan, the Queen version I believe originally having been released as a 3" CD-Single in 1996.
The Queen version was a huge hit, and apparently still is in a lot of respects.
MercuryArts wrote: I was wondering what made them bring this song into the set. Was it a hit in Japan for either Freddie in 85 or Queen in 95? Of all the songs to play I found it strange that this was the one. I'm not knocking it, I am just surprised to see it in the set. I can't wait to hear this live!
It was also made popular becuase it was used in a beer commerical in Japan a few years back. Have to search and find that commerical. There used to be a site with a bunch of japan CMs someplace. I remember it had a boat on the ocean in teh CM or somethign like that. Asahi Beer I think it was.
Damn now I feel like Im on a mission to find that commerical...
I Was Born To Love You was used as a theme song of popular Japanese TV drama series last year.Then EMI released Jwels and sold about 1.5 million copies.I believe the show was broadcasted in Hong Kong this year and IWBTLY became big hit there,too.I Think the musical WWRY in Japan included the song,too.
Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware the IWBTLY was released in Japan & was a hit. I Just heard the audio of it live. Nice little acoustic number. I would like to have heard the rock version from MIH. But cool none the less.
Depends on the people who tape these shows. I've heard some shockers lately. I never understand how people get it wrong. So, I guess I should've rephrased - are there any good bootlegs of this one?
tonbi1975 wrote: I Was Born To Love You was used as a theme song of popular Japanese TV drama series last year.Then EMI released Jwels and sold about 1.5 million copies.I believe the show was broadcasted in Hong Kong this year and IWBTLY became big hit there,too.I Think the musical WWRY in Japan included the song,too.
I'm from Japan and as you've already written, IWBTLY was used as a theme song of Japanese TV drama series, so it became one of the most popular Queen numbers in my country. And therefore young people who had never heard Queen before came to hear Queen and to buy their CDs. That's why Jewels became a big seller. When I went to musical WWRY, I heard them sing it as the last song as if it was special and it seemed they came up to Japanese fans' expectations. Although I like it, I thought Bo Rhap was suitable for the last tune in that musical, so I felt kind of strange to hear them sing IWBTLY as the last number after Bo Rhap...
Btw, I didn't go to Queen+Paul Rodgers concerts due to some matters to do.
scallyuk wrote: It was nice to hear IWBTLY done acoustically but it's not the best version I've heard.
Tuck and Patti do a proper acoustic version which blows bri and Rog away.
I still haven't heard the Queen live version of this song, but if you say Tuck and Patti version blows Bri and Rog away i'm not sure if i want to listen to this, because i've heard their version and compared to the real stuff it sucked big way, but i understood what they've tried to do considering their style. Tuck is a wonderfull guitar player!!
Hi, my fellow Queen fans!
I'm originally from Japan and I live in the States for years.
To satisfy your curiosities...
I remeber this song was used for a TV comercial for "Noevia" cosmetics. It was on air a little after Freddie released his first solo album "Mr. Bad Guy", so I assume in or around '85.
I don't know anything about that beer commercial. But the biggest reason for gaining the popularity for this song is due to that drama that someone already mentioned here. Almost every Japanese who watches TV seems to know "I was Born to Love You."
I can't think of many songs in the Queen catalogue that I care less for. Hated it on Freddie's solo album, hated it on MIH. But hearing them play it in Japan gave me an appreciation for the fact that even Queen's weaker material has an amazing ability to touch people. Plus Roger is in fantastic voice for a 55 year old man who is not a lead singer and hasn't sung a whole lot in 10 or so years in a live setting.