Tim June wrote: There was recently a interesting interview with Brian... He talks a lot about the creation and inspiration of We Will Rock You and a bit about WATC.
Link to the interview-thread: http://www.queenzone.com/forums/1238746/brian-interview.aspx
and heres for the transcribed interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=128935865
... here is a short quote taken from the interview:
" GROSS: That's Queen's
"We Will Rock You," which was written by my guest, Brian May, who was
the lead guitarist for the band. So what inspired that song? I mean, it's been
played at so many sports stadiums over the decades. What were you thinking
about when you wrote it? Were you thinking of it as a sports anthem?
Dr. MAY: No, not really. I
was thinking of it more as a rock anthem, I suppose, and a means of uniting an
audience or taking advantage, you know, enjoying the fact that an audience is
united. And I didn't realize that it would transfer to sports games. This is
quite an amazing thing.
It's wonderful for me to
see what "We Will Rock You" has done. You know, "We Will Rock
You" and "We Are the Champions," of course, have kind of
transcended the normal framework of where music is listened to and appreciated.
They've become part of public life, which I feel wonderful about. It's
fantastic to me if I go to a, you know, a football game or a soccer game or
basketball or whatever or anyplace all around the world, and there it is.
And I think, my God. Most
people don't even realize that I wrote it. Most people don't realize that it
GROSS: That's right.
(Soundbite of laughter)
Dr. MAY: It's sort of
become one of those things that people think was always there. You know, it
sort of goes back into pre-history. So in a way, that's the best compliment you
could have for a song.
GROSS: Well, I think, you
know, that's - if people don't even realize it was written, it's in part
because it almost sounds like an old-school cheerleader cheer, you know,
Dr. MAY: Yeah. It's become
part of the fabric of life.
GROSS: ...of that
stomp-stomp-clap thing and because it's a chant.
Dr. MAY: Yeah, that's
right. Well, the stomp-stomp-clap thing, yeah, people think it was always
there, but actually it wasn't. And I don't know how it got into my head.
All I can tell you is we
played a gig sort of the middle of our career in a place called Bingley Hall
near Birmingham. Now, Birmingham is the sort of home of heavy metal, as you
probably know. You know, Sabbath and Slade and people come from there.
And it was a great night. People
were just, the audience were just responding hugely, and they were singing
along with everything we did. Now, in the beginning, we didn't relate to that. We
were the kind of band who liked to be listened to and taken seriously and all
So, people singing along
wasn't part of our agenda. Having said that and then having experienced this
wave of participation of the audience, particularly in that gig in Birmingham,
we almost to a man sort of reassessed our situation.
I remember talking to
Freddie about it and saying, look, you know, obviously, we can no longer fight
this. This has to become something which is part of our show, and we have to
embrace it, the fact that people want to participate. And really, everything
becomes a two-way process now. And we sort of looked at each other and went,
hmm, how interesting.
And he went away that night
and to the best of my knowledge wrote "We Are the Champions" with
that in mind. I went away and woke up the next morning with this...
I guess that sums it up!.......Freddie and Brian really did feed off each other in their prime, the 70's.