We Will Rock You: Brian May shares inspiration for iconic Queen song in new video – WATCH | Music | Entertainment
Queen has so many memorable hit songs, but We Will Rock You has to be one of the most recognizable. The iconic anthem was written by Brian May for the band’s News of the World album in 1977 and helps close their concerts with We Are The Champions to this day. Now in the latest episode of Queen the Greatest below, the guitarist shared the different inspirations for this unforgettable track.
First, in a comeback interview, slightly younger Brian May recalled how a specific gig had inspired him to write a song that fans could sing along to the band.
The Queen’s legend said: “Bingley Hall. We played in this big hall in the Midlands and it was wild.
“You know those concerts you love: everything is sweaty and hot, the atmosphere is great.
“Everyone is jumping up and down, making noise. And what they did was sing.
Brian continued, “At the time, it was really new, I have to tell you. You just didn’t go to concerts where people sang for rock bands.
“But on this particular occasion, they didn’t stop. And when we got off the stage, they sang to us You will never walk alone.
The Queen guitarist fell asleep that night thinking, “What can an audience do? What could you ask them to do? “
In the end, he realized, “They’re all crammed in there, there’s not much they can do. But they can kick their feet, they can clap their hands, and they can sing.
Brian later added, “And then… looking to the future when you get older, what happens when you get older and it all kinda blew up, and you stand there and think, ‘What? happened, did I change the world? What happened? Who am I and what is the world for me now?
“I would like to leave the planet knowing that I just made a little difference in the amount of decency there is in the world.
“I’m not sure I can do this, but I’m still trying. So in a nutshell, that’s what We Will Rock You is about. “
Next week, Queen the Greatest sees We Will Rock You Part II, in which Brian will share how he invented the song’s memorable guitar solo.
Queen the Greatest is a 50-episode weekly mini-documentary web series.
Each part airs on the group’s official YouTube channel on Fridays at noon to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
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To watch the first 10 episodes of Queen The Greatest, click here.