Queen + Adam Lambert have shared a coronavirus-inspired quarantine version of their classic song ‘We Are the Champions’ – changing one important word to reflect the global emergency.
Singer Lambert, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor synced up from their respective homes to deliver the song on social media with the title chorus line changed to “YOU are the champions” the second time around. You can check it out here.
May noted he’s been dealing with a “wave of dismay” for the past few days. “Hopefully, I’ll be on it again soon,” he said. “Right now, I need to get my mojo back. But meanwhile, I do have something distinctly eyebrow-raising to share. #youarethechampions.”
Lambert, Taylor and May first shared the stage during American Idol in May 2009 for a performance of ‘We Are The Champions’. They teamed up again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast, Ireland for an electrifying eight-minute finale of ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’ and in the summer of 2012, the singer performed a series of shows with Queen across Europe as well as dates in Russia, Ukraine and Poland. They have since completed a number of tours and performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world.
Earlier in the month, Lambert spoke about his ongoing stint with Queen in an interview with Finland’s Kaaos TV. He said: “It’s an absolute honour to be singing Queen music for fans all around the world. These songs are so famous and so huge and this band is so iconic, and so to take the stage with them always feels like a real opportunity and a real gift that I’ve been given. And I love Brian and Roger — they are so easy to work with — and we have fun. It’s a big family feel now. And we’ve been doing this for eight years, and I love that I continue to have the opportunity to tour with them.”
Asked in the same interview if he was totally nervous when he first started touring with Queen, Lambert said: “In the beginning, I was definitely was. Yes, absolutely. And now what’s so nice is that we’re eight years in, and now I don’t get nervous. And so it’s really helped my confidence and it’s really given me a sense of accomplishment working with them.”