Queen + Adam Lambert’s Live Around the World will be released worldwide October 2nd in CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats. Check out a video from the set, a performance of “I Was Born To Love You” recorded 2014 in Japan.
This version of ‘I Was Born To Love You’ made its live debut in the band’s show set for their first Asia tour in August 2014. It was a trek which led them to performances in Seoul, Korea and two massive outdoor festival shows in the Japanese cities of Osaka and Tokyo.
The band played the arrangement of the song for the first time in Tokyo
The performance comes from their headlining appearance on Sunday Aug. 17 2014 at Tokyo’s Marine Stadium, the main stage of Japan’s largest rock festival, Summer Sonic. The band played the arrangement of the song live together for the very first time. Prior to this, Queen had only rarely included this track in a live set, and only as an abridged acoustic version.
Originally written by Freddie Mercury and released as the lead single from his 1985 debut solo album Mr Bad Guy, the song provided him with a decent sized hit. After his death, Queen re-worked ‘I Was Born To Love You’ for their final album, 1995’s Made In Heaven.
This performance provided one of the show highlights for Japanese fans experiencing the combination of Queen’s legendary magic with the newly introduced talent of Adam Lambert for the first time.
The Japanese audience was passionate, says Adam
While the show was a resounding success, Brian recalls: “We all thought it was quite a difficult gig. The audience was wonderful, but with the extreme heat and humidity, it was very difficult to play. However when we saw the video, we all thought that it had great energy and the interaction with the crowd was great.”
Adam recalls: “The Japanese audience was so passionate, so emotional. You could feel the connection. And it’s different than in other countries; there is something very special there.”
Drummer Roger Taylor adds: “The audience reaction was fantastic, and it was such a young audience, which was a big surprise for us.”
Watch the performance below