The musicians and Mercury’s property are donating their proceeds to a World Well being Organisation fund for well being employees.
FILE: Adam Lambert (L) and Brian Could of Queen carry out onstage in the course of the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on 24 February 2019 in Hollywood, California. Image: Getty Pictures/AFP
LONDON – Rock band Queen and singer Adam Lambert are elevating cash for well being employees preventing COVID-19 with new single You Are The Champions, an up to date model of traditional hit _We Are The Champions _recorded on cellphones beneath lockdown.
The observe is for “all these within the frontline, all all over the world… the people who find themselves risking their lives to save lots of us and save our households,” guitarist Brian Could instructed Reuters in a video convention name interview from his residence in London.
The one got here to life when Could posted a video on-line of himself taking part in his half, inviting the general public to jam. He then urged drummer Roger Taylor and Lambert, who excursions with the band within the place of late singer Freddie Mercury, to hitch in.
The band mentioned whether or not to replace the lyrics. In the long run, Lambert swapped in “you” for “we” within the closing verse, and left the remainder of the phrases unchanged. It was an uncommon transfer for Queen to change even a single phrase of a traditional music written by Mercury greater than 40 years in the past.
“However I believe that is the kind of occasion that warranted such a change. And it actually, as a result of it’s such a widely known title, altering that one phrase makes a huge effect,” Lambert instructed Reuters from his residence in Los Angeles.
The lyrics nonetheless stand as the best anthem for the battle in opposition to coronavirus, he added: “It’s actually a music about overcoming obstacles. It’s a music about, you realize, defying the percentages. And I believe that’s what we’re doing proper now.”
Taylor’s spouse filmed him including drums from his residence within the English county of Cornwall. He listened to Could’s observe on headphones and performed alongside whereas watching on a pc.
“It was fairly tough as a result of Brian was simply taking part in and not using a metronome or something,” Taylor confided to Reuters.
The musicians and Mercury’s property are donating their proceeds to a World Well being Organisation fund for well being employees. The music video reveals footage of frontline employees all over the world, together with Taylor’s daughter, Dr Rory Taylor, a household physician in West London.
“Folks really feel it in themselves,” Could mentioned of Mercury’s music. “They really feel this problem. They wish to be the most effective. They wish to win. And the music simply has it. So it’s develop into a beautiful method of expressing triumph and willpower within the face of one thing very tough.”
The band was meant to be on the street now however needed to postpone a 27-date UK and European tour. Could mentioned it was “heartbreaking” to name off reveals after followers purchased 400,000 tickets, and the band hopes to reschedule for subsequent 12 months.
— to ewn.co.za