The song was first delivered as an online performance from the members’ perspective homes and shared on guitarist Brian May’s Instagram two weeks ago. Released now as an official single, proceeds from sales of ‘You Are The Champions’ will go to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
‘You Are The Champions’ features additional bass work from Neil Fairclough. Stream it here:
After Queen and Adam Lambert were forced to reschedule their UK and European tour to 2021, a press statement for the charity single released today (May 1) said the band “hoped this new ‘We Are The Champions’ will also provide some consolation for disappointed fans.”
Guitarist Brian May has spoken out throughout the coronavirus pandemic on concerns about live performances resuming, saying he thinks live artists will have to seriously consider how and when touring should resume.
“Playing live is what we’re best at,” May told NME, “but I definitely think we’re going to have to look at the way it’s done and not just assume that coronavirus has gone away so everything is OK forever. It’s probably not. There’s probably going to be more challenges out there.”
‘You Are The Champions’ is available to stream and download now.