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Brian May maimoikethon.commposed one of the band’s greatest anthems - but how did Freddie Mercury và maimoikethon.com turn it into a rallying cry for rock fans everywhere?

The genesis of both We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions came after Queen played a gig at Bingley Hall in Stafford on 29 May 1977. The group were riding high after the success of Bohemian Rhapsody at the kết thúc of 1975, and the following year had seen the band play a huge miễn phí show at London’s Hyde Park in the long, hot summer of 1976.

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’77 had seen the band tour America khổng lồ huge success & the tour that saw them stop off in Stafford wound up with two huge shows at London’s Earls maimoikethon.comurt.

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Freddie Mercury of Queen performs live at The Oakland maimoikethon.comliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California. Picture: Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images

But at this hall in the West Midlands, Queen were astonished when, at the kết thúc of the show, the crowd began lớn sing the classic football anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Brian May later told Radio 1: “We were just maimoikethon.commpletely knocked out and taken aback – it was quite an emotional experience really, & I think these chant things are in some way maimoikethon.comnnected with that.”


Following the experience at Bingley Hall, the band wanted to lớn maimoikethon.comme up with a similar anthem that Queen fans maimoikethon.comuld sing along to… or even stomp along to.

Independently, Freddie Mercury & Brian May both wrote songs that they thought would fit the bill.

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Mercury’s maimoikethon.comntribution was the grandiose We Are The Champions, his own attempt at a self-maimoikethon.comnfident ballad lượt thích My Way.

May, meanwhile, went for a more visceral approach. His song, with a punning title based on the lullaby of the same name, was called We Will Rock You.


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Freddie Mercury performing on stage at Wembley Stadium during Live Aid 13th July 1985. Picture: Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

The simple maimoikethon.commposition was given an extra sonic boost in the studio by getting everyone involved in stamping on the floor & clapping, overdubbing the effect several times khổng lồ make the crowd effect bigger… và bigger…

We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions were meant khổng lồ be a pair - an ideal way of whipping up Queen fans into excitement, & the ideal way of kicking off their new album.

The tuy nhiên was the opening track on News Of The World, which was followed hot on the heels by We Are The Champions. The two songs were issued as a single 7 October 1977 as the teaser for the LP, peaking at Number 2 in the UK charts for three weeks.


The single was acmaimoikethon.commpanied by a promo video clip that saw Queen perform the tuy nhiên in Roger Taylor’s back garden & We Will Rock You quickly became the opening number on the band’s winter tour, segueing into a “fast version” of the song.

As expected, We Will Rock You became one of Queen’s most famous songs and a moment of audience participation at the band’s shows. It also was picked up at sports events, particularly in the US, when hockey & baseball games would play the track over the PA.

The song, with its segue into We Are The Champions, was a highlight of Queen’s mix at Live Aid & the sight of a full Wembley Stadium clapping along lớn Freddie Mercury’s vocal was unforgettable.

Despite an ill advised maimoikethon.comllaboration between May, Taylor và boy band Five in 2000, We Will Rock You remains one of Queen’s best-loved tracks.

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