Queen and Adam Lambert have released an updated version of We Are The Champions to honour the “brave warriors” working on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
Recorded virtually between the UK and Los Angeles, the band have adjusted the main lyric to “you are the champions” in reference to the world’s healthcare workers.
An accompanying music video features Dr Rory Taylor, daughter of drummer Roger Taylor, an NHS key worker in the UK.
Guitarist Brian May, Taylor and vocalist Lambert – who performs with the rock group as their lead singer – came up with the idea during an online jam session this month.
Money raised from the single will go to the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, supported by the United Nations Foundation
May said: “It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the frontline 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!!!”
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 100% effort by our governments to protect them.
“They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions.”
Lambert said: “It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the front line all over the world that we dedicate our performance.
“Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength.”
Elizabeth Cousens, president and chief executive of the UN Foundation, said: “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.”
You Are The Champions is available now.