Queen and Adam Lambert have been keeping fan spirits high on their Instagram accounts with micro-concerts and other fun content. While most recently they performed together remotely in lockdown with a rendition of We Are The Champions. However, Lambert changed the lyrics to You Are The Champions and now the full version has been released as a charity single to honour frontline workers and raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation.
The new music video begins with the words: “You are the frontline warriors fighting coronavirus around the world.”
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert then kick off their new version of We Are The Champions, performing virtually together between the UK and Los Angeles.
While videos of frontline workers around the world, including Taylor’s daughter Dr Rory Taylor, feature throughout.
You Are The Champions is now available on all streaming and download services, with profits raised going towards the COVID-19 Response Fund for WHO, powered by the United Nations Foundation.
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The charity fund provides tool and resources including PPE, testing kits and more to health workers all over the world.
In a statement, Brian May said: “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!!!”
While Roger Taylor said: “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.”
And Lambert commented: “It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the frontline all over the world that we dedicate our performance.”
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The singer added: “Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength.”
Freddie Mercury famously wrote the 1977 song We Are The Champions for Queen album News of the World.
He said of the track: “I wanted to write something that everyone could sing along to.
“And at the same time, I thought it would be nice to have a winning song that’s meant for everyone.”
President and CEO of the UN Foundation Elizabeth Cousens gave great thanks to the band saying: “We Are The Champions has always been a rallying cry.
“We are grateful to Queen and Adam Lambert for using their talents to support our heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
“Their contribution to this fight will lift spirits and raise critical funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation.”
Queen and Adam Lambert’s You Are The Champions will be available from today across all streaming and download services.
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