Queen + Adam Lambert Release “You are the Champions” to Benefit Covid19 Charities
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert via Instagram from London, Cornwall and Los Angeles respectively, recorded a spontaneous new version of Queen’s classic anthem with some subtle changes. Widely regarded as one of the most instantly recognizable anthems, it was this same song Queen + Adam Lambert played for their first performance together on the May 2009 American Idol finale.
Brian May and Roger Taylor have been performing pop-up concerts from their respective homes while in lockdown and the seeds of this new version of We Are The Champions were sown when Brian posted a MicroCon invitation to jam with him on the classic Queen track on his Instagram. Roger was first to respond, followed by Adam who in his at-home performance changed the lyric mid-song to You are the Champions.
Overwhelmed with calls for the track to be made available to download the resulting ‘virtual jam’ version now titled You Are The Champions and additionally featuring band bass player Neil Fairclough, and footage of healthcare workers around the world, is available now on all streaming and download services.
Proceeds raised from the track will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the United Nations Foundation. The Fund provides tools and resources to health workers on the frontlines globally, including PPE, testing kits, trainings, and more. Additionally, the Fund supports the rapid development of a vaccine and therapeutics.
As the coronavirus outbreak has forced Queen + Adam Lambert to reschedule their 27 date UK and European tour to 2021, it’s hoped this new ‘We Are The Champions’ will also provide some consolation for disappointed fans.
Watch Queen + Adam Lambert’s Uplifting “You Are the Champions
Brian May, Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert Share Thoughts on Champions
“By each playing our part and addressing the difficult times we are all sharing we will win this challenge,” the band say. “During this time our thoughts and thanks are with those dedicated medical heroes standing up to the battle daily on our behalf. They are the champions. You are the champions.”
Says Brian May: “It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus. Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new CHAMPIONS. That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. CHAMPIONS ALL!!!”
Says Roger Taylor: “As a father with a daughter in the front line, I am ultra-aware of the vital work they are doing daily to save us and our society. Their bravery and sacrifice must not be prejudiced by anything less than a one hundred per cent effort by our governments to protect them. They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions.”
Says Adam Lambert: “It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the frontline all over the world that we dedicate our performance. Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength.”