The rock band Queen and its collaborator Adam Lambert have tweaked the group’s classic 1977 hit song “We Are The Champions” to raise money for health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

“You Are The Champions” was recorded by the group on mobile phones from their respective lockdowns in London, Cornwall and Los Angeles, Reuters reported Thursday.

Guitarist Brian May invited Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Lambert — who tours with the band in the place of late singer Freddie Mercury — to join the virtual jam sessions he was posting online to pass the time.


The group eventually adjust the lyrics, which were originally written by Mercury more than four decades ago.

“It’s really a song about overcoming obstacles. It’s a song about, you know, defying the odds. And I think that’s what we’re doing right now,” Lambert said.

The band is coordinating with Mercury’s estate to donate the proceeds from the song to the World Health Organization’s fund for health workers.

An accompanying music video is meant as a tribute to front-line workers around the world, including Taylor’s daughter, who is a medical doctor. 

“People feel it in themselves,” May said of the tune. “They feel this challenge. They want to be the best. They want to win. And the song just has it. So it’s become a wonderful way of expressing triumph and determination in the face of something very difficult.” 

Queen earlier this year postponed a 27-date British and European tour that they were meant to be on. May told the outlet that the move was “heartbreaking” but that the band aims to reschedule for 2021.