Queen Shares Part 2 of The Story Behind ‘We Will Rock You’ for ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series

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On Friday, Queen continued its The Greatest YouTube series, a weekly history lesson tracing key moments in the English band‘s vaunted history.

This week’s is a continuation of the story of “We Will Rock You,” arguably one of the most famous songs ever recorded and among the most important contributions from the band’s existence. Last week’s Part 1 traced some of the song’s history, while Part 2 features guitarist Brian May discussing the track’s iconic guitar solo:

This was what May had to say about the song’s origins in Part 1 of the story:

“Bingley Hall. This great hall in the Midlands. It was heaving. It’s all sweaty and hot, the atmosphere is great. Everybody’s jumping up and down, making a noise, and what they were doing was singing along. In those days, it was really new I have to tell you. You just didn’t go to concerts where people sang to rock bands. But on this particular occasion they didn’t stop. I think I’d gone to sleep thinking – ‘what could an audience do, what could you ask them to do?’ They’re all crammed in there, they can’t do much, but they can stamp their feet they can clap their hands, and they can sing.

“It just kind of came to me that we were all part of this scenario where we’re all young, and full of enthusiasm, we think we can change the world, and we get out there…we will rock you! We Will Rock You means we will change the world, and we feel like we can do it when we’re young.

“And then …looking ahead to when you get old, what happens when you get old and all this stuff has kind of blown over, and you stand there and you think ‘what happened, did I change the world? What happened, who am I and what is the world to me now?

“I would like to leave the planet knowing that I just made a little bit of difference to the amount of decency that there is in the world. Not sure I can do that, but I’m still trying. So that in a nutshell is what We Will Rock You is about.

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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