DURBAN – One of rock’s most recognisable anthems “We are the Champions” by British rock band Queen is set to be re-released with all proceeds going towards the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO) powered by the United Nations Foundation to support frontline workers.
The song features Adam Lambert and was recorded during lockdown between their homes in London, Cornwall and Los Angeles, the Queen and Adam Lambert version of the classic Queen track was first revealed on the band’s Instagram accounts.
Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation said: “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 Organization.”
The project will be released in a special limited edition CD and 7” vinyl versions of their lockdown track, titled “You Are the Champions.” Both versions of the new formats are limited to 3000 copies each and will be numbered. They are available to pre-order exclusively through Queen’s online store, with the release date set for August 21.
Lead guitarist of the band 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.”
“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,” added Adam Lambert.
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