Composer Live is Life: ‘Thanks to Maradona we scored a world...

That says Ewald Pfleger, guitarist of Opus and composer of the song Live is Life against RTL News. The news that the footballer died yesterday hit hard. “We are very sad, he was one of the best footballers of all time.”

Warming up

In addition, the band owes a large part of their success to Fluffy. How’s that? On April 19, 1989 Napoli played the return of the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup against Bayern Munich, in the stadium of Bayern Munich.

The song Live is Life was played during the warm-up. And to the beat of that song, Maradona starts to keep the ball high, and he really makes a show of it.


Those images were not broadcast live, but were shown on a large screen in the stadium. The audience thinks it is fantastic and a Belgian sports commentator who was present in the stadium, requested the images later.

He selected the most beautiful actions of Maradona and made a video of them. He added the Opus song and posted the video on YouTube.

The video, which lasts more than 4 minutes, has been viewed millions of times:

World hit

It wasn’t until a few days later that Opus heard that the movie was a huge hit, and that it had been viewed millions of times worldwide. “That was fantastic, really great. Maradona promoted our song so well in that way, it has been very important to us.”

Because until that time Opus was a fairly small band, which was mainly known in the region. But thanks to Maradona’s video, Live is Life became a worldwide hit. “Shortly after it broke, we toured the United States with Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and seen a lot of the world.”

During wedding

In turn, Maradona was also a fan of Opus, says Pfleger. “We received a video of his wedding a few years ago, which shows him dancing and singing along to our music. He knew the text word for word”, as can be seen on this video:


Even now, shortly after Maradona’s death, the record is being played gray again and streamed. “Very nice and special of course.” And good for the greenhouse. Because has the band itself earned something with the millions of times that the video has been viewed?

“At the time, the maker of the video paid us to use the song. We didn’t get paid per view, but it is fine. I don’t know exactly how it works, but we are just satisfied,” laughs Pfleger.

Farewell tour

Although the band has continued to make music, it has never been a second world hit. Opus broke through only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a number of singles. Next year the band will embark on a big farewell tour. “We want to thank our fans for all the support and fun.”

Will she play Live is Life? “Of course, we do that during every performance, we can’t play anywhere without playing the song. But in all those years we have made some different versions, so that it remains varied for us as well.”

Live is Life: what does it mean?

If you think about the title and lyrics of the song for a moment, you may wonder what the song is about:

When we all give the power
We all give the best
Every minute of an hour
Don’t think about a rest
Then you all get the power
You all get the best
When everyone gives everything
And every song everybody sings

Then it’s life Live is life Live is life

But according to Pfleger it’s simple: “It’s about our lives as musicians. It’s our life to be on stage ‘live’, so live is our life.”

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