Queen dedicates ‘You Are The Champions’ to health workers
Los Angeles, US, Apr 30 (efe-epa).- Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with singer Adam Lambert, on Thursday released the song “You Are The Champions” – a version of their rock hit “We Are The Champions” – the benefits from which will be donated to fight the global coronavirus crisis.
Recorded remotely on mobile phones from the homes of these three musicians in London, Cornwall and Los Angeles, “You Are The Champions” is dedicated to health workers working around the world to mitigate the pandemic.
“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,” said guitarist Brian May in a statement.
The video of “You Are The Champions” was interspersed with images of the musicians playing this new version of the iconic song originally sung by the late Freddy Mercury with footage from doctors and nurses from around the world.
One of the people in the clip is Rory Taylor, daughter of Queen’s drummer Taylor, who is a doctor with the UK’s National Health Service.
“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,” said Taylor, who urged governments to put in “one hundred per cent effort” to protect health workers.
Lambert said: “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.”
Universal Music Group said that the proceeds from the song will be donated to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the United Nations Foundation.
The fund provides tools and resources to health workers on the front lines around the world, including personal protection equipment, testing kits and training, as well as supporting the development of a vaccine.
“We Are The Champions has always been a rallying cry,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation.
“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,” she added. EFE-EPA